Motorcycle Awareness Month in May

In order to reduce motorcycle crashes and save lives, The Oxnard Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this May for the annual Motorcycle Safety Awareness campaign to help save lives on our roadways. The awareness campaign aims to educate drivers and motorcyclists to be more aware of one another, creating safer roads and saving lives in the process.

The Oxnard Police Department will join law enforcement agencies throughout the State to step up enforcement along with awareness efforts to lower motorcycle deaths and injuries during the month of May.  Officers will focus on strict enforcement of traffic laws by both cyclists and drivers this month and will be deploying saturation patrols on May 12, and May 27, 2018.

According to NHTSA, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015, while motorcycles make up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. In 2016, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes – a 6 percent increase from the 4,976 killed in 2015. More than 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in motor vehicle crashes.

Recent data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows there are more than 900,000 registered motorcycles in the state and more than 1.4 million licensed riders.  In 2016, 560 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in California– an 11 percent increase from the 494 killed in 2015. More than 14,400 motorcyclists were injured in motor vehicle crashes.

The Oxnard Police Department has these general tips to drivers on how to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:

  • Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, motorists can do their part by sharing the road.
  • Always use a turn signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful: motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
  • Stay alert, check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • Always allow more following distance when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
  • Never drive distracted or impaired.

Motorcyclists can increase their safety by following these steps:

  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
  • Ride safely when lane sharing and always proceed at safe speeds.
  • Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
  • Use turn signals at every lane change or turn.
  • Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Never ride distracted or impaired.

The Office of Traffic Safety encourages all riders, new and experienced, to enroll in the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP).  The CMSP was developed in July 1987 and has training sites throughout the state.  The CMSP trains approximately 60,000 motorcyclists per year and has trained more than 1.1 million motorcycle riders.  For more information, or to find a training site near you, visit

The Motorcycle Safety Saturation Patrols are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety. 

Remember: Riders and Drivers Can Work Together to Save Lives.


Oxnard Police Department

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