PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – August 3rd, 20017

Fatality on Ramona Expressway

On July 27, 2017, at 1:11 p.m., officers from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of Sanderson Avenue and Ramona Expressway. The preliminary investigation determined a Honda Civic was traveling west on Ramona Expressway, and a Ford Explorer was traveling north on Sanderson Avenue.
The Civic attempted to turn left onto Sanderson Avenue without yielding to the Explorer, and the two vehicles collided. The driver of the Civic, identified by the Riverside County Coroner’s office as Linda Cato, 68, of San Jacinto, died at the scene. Several other people were injured, but no other injuries appear to be life-threatening. No alcohol or drug use is suspected.
The San Jacinto Police Department requests anyone having additional information regarding this incident to call Deputy Cortez at 951-654-2702.

Motorcycle safety enforcement operation cites 35 people, tows two vehicles

The Menifee Police Department conducted specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations on July 27 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries, according to a news release. Extra officers patrolled areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes have occurred.
Officers looked for violations made by drivers and riders that can lead to motorcycle crashes. A total of 35 drivers operating both regular vehicles and motorcycles were cited for violating traffic safety laws. Two of those drivers were driving with a suspended driver’s license – their vehicles were towed.
According to the release, motorcycle fatalities jumped dramatically in California by more than 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, which is a 5-year high. California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and drug and alcohol impairment.
Operations like this are aimed at curbing the rise in motorcycle deaths and reducing accidents. Over the course of the past year, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in 25 injury crashes, two of which were fatal to the rider.

Safety tips for riders – see and be seen:

Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room.
Match your speed to surrounding traffic.
Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet and brightly colored, protective clothing.
Ride with headlights on during daylight hours.

Safety tips for drivers – share the road:

Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning or changing lanes.
Motorcyclist are allowed in HOV lanes unless prohibited by signage.
Riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at or 877-743-3411.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “sharing the road.”

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