Ventura County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Report:
Beginning this weekend, California Highway Patrol will increase patrols and speeding enforcement on Highway 33, north of Ojai. According to CHP, the ramp-up in patrols is in response to numerous, speed-related motorcycle crashes. The CHP reports that there have been over 70 motorcycle accidents–including 4 fatalities–on Highway 33 north of Ojai since 2007. The CHP claim that nearly 90 percent of these motorcycle accidents are caused by excessive speed.
Highway 33 is a popular, scenic route for motorcyclists to ride and enjoy the sights on the weekend. It is also fraught with peril for the unwary: this stretch of highway is a long, winding road in a rural area, without much of a shoulder. If a rider loses concentration (e.g., by looking at the scenery rather than paying attention) or hits a turn too fast, an accident is all-too common. This past Sunday there were two motorcycle crashes – one in Lockwood Valley and one in Ojai.
The crackdown is part of a statewide program called the Comprehensive Approach to Reducing Speed III Project, and is sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of speed-related motorcycle accidents on state highways and back-country roads.
At least one motorcycle club, the Cal Coast Riders, approves of the program. Ray Hooper, president of the club, has gone on record stating that the increased law enforcement on Highway 33 is a good idea, and will reduce the number of motorcycle accidents.
While we appreciate the need to educate riders and reduce speeding-related accidents, the motorcycle accident lawyers at Riderz Law do not believe that motorcycle-specific law enforcement is a good idea. Any time law enforcement programs single out motorcyclists, anti-motorcycle bias is inevitable. That being said, we also believe that far too many weekend-warrior motorcyclists fail to appreciate the dangers they face when riding. Instead of more patrols looking for bikers, however, we would like to see increased state funds go to motorcycle safety training and accident prevention. At the end of the day, knowledge and training is a far better safety measure than the threat of law enforcement.
As always, the motorcycle accident attorneys at Riderz Law implore our clients and readers to ride smart and ride safe.