Clark County agencies will conduct motorcycle safety patrols

The Reflector

Clark County agencies will conduct additional motorcycle safety patrols to reduce accidents and focus on illegal riding behaviors by motorcyclists and vehicle operators.

Agencies participating in the patrols include the Battle Ground and Ridgefield Police Departments, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, Vancouver Police Department and Ottawa Patrol. Washington State.

“More motorcycles travel on Washington roads during the summer months than at any other time of year,” a press release from Target Zero said. “It is also a time when more and more motorcyclists are killed and injured in accidents.”

Clark County is using education for both motorcycle riders and vehicle operators, and will focus on training and licensing approvals to deal with motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries, the statement said.

Major risk factors in serious and fatal motorcycle crashes include being impaired by drugs or alcohol, speeding, inappropriate passing or lane departure, the statement said.

The additional law enforcement patrols are sponsored by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission as part of Target Zero, which is working to end deaths and serious injuries on state roads.

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