Motorcycle Safety Patrols to increase the rest of the summer
There will be an increase of safety patrols in Clark County with an emphasis on reducing crashes involving motorcyclists.
More motorcycles are on the roads in the summer months, and Target Zero is looking out for the riders.
Clark County is using education for both motorcycle operators and other vehicle drivers to address motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries. Major risk factors are: impairment by drugs and/or alcohol, speeding, lane departure, and improper passing.
Clark County law enforcement agencies participating in extra Motorcycle Safety Patrols are: Clark County Sheriff’s Office; Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, Battle Ground Police Department, Ridgefield Police Department, Vancouver Police Department, and Washington State Patrol.
These extra law enforcement patrols sponsored by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission are part of Target Zero — a campaign striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on Washington’s roadways.
The federal government notes that per vehicle mile traveled the number of fatalities on motorcycles is more than 26 times the number of people traveling in cars.
In the past five years, an average of 88 motorcyclists have died on Washington Roads, according to Targets Zero, and 70 percent of the fatalities were due to motorcycle rider errors.
Still, Target Zero also wants to inform those driving in cars to be on the lookout for motorcycles. Take that extra look before pulling onto a main road, for example. Double-check blind spots.
Here is a video Clark County Today produced last summer:
- Opinion: Early response to Washington’s capital gains excise tax (AKA income tax) court rulingJason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center offers reactions from around the state on the state Supreme Court decision on the capital gains income tax.
- WATCH: ‘Massive money laundering’ for Dems revealed by James O’KeefeJames O’Keefe, whose investigative reporting now is being published under the label of his O’Keefe Media Group, has documented what apparently is a massive money laundering scheme that benefits Democrats.
- Opinion: What are they hiding? Why highway builders won’t show their $7.5 billion freeway?Joe Cortright believes the proposed I-5 Bridge will blot out much of the reviving waterfront and downtown in Vancouver.
- Spring coupons offer free disposal of yard debris, tires for Vancouver residentsVancouver’s annual spring coupons will arrive in more than 45,000 customer mailboxes soon.
- House’s nearly $70 billion operating budget includes Inslee’s housing referendumThe Washington State House of Representatives has rolled out its proposed $69.5 billion operating budget for the 2023-25 biennium that makes investments in housing, education and behavioral health.
- Opinion: Be ready for an income decrease: WA Cares’ payroll tax is 94 days awayElizabeth Hovde of the Washington Policy Center believes the state shouldn’t be dictating which life Washingtonians need to save for and how.
- ‘Death of our justice system’: Critics object to WA bill on clemency and pardonsSome critics say that will result in violent felons being released early and further erode public safety.
My experience is that motorbikes drive way too fast, weave in and out of traffic in the Hazeldell area, NE 99th St, Salmon Creek area and I-5.