Newport Beach Police Department officials sent out a community message Wednesday about five specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations scheduled throughout the month. The first operation in September took place on Saturday. Additional operations will take place on Sept. 8, 11, 18, and 25. “Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by motorcyclists and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries,” officials wrote in the message. “Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers and motorcycle riders alike.” Officers are primarily going to focus on specific offenses, including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked license, violations of motorcycle license endorsement, and any other dangerous activities. “Motorcycle fatalities have risen dramatically in California,” in recent years, NBPD officials explain in the press release. Locally, there have been 66 people injured in traffic collisions involving motorcycles in Newport Beach over the last two years. None involved a fatality. Statewide, there has been a 28 percent increase over the past decade in motorcycle-involved deaths, according to authorities.
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