Going for a ride this weekend on your motorcycle? Enjoy, but be on your best behavior in Lake County.
The CHP there has received a federal grant via the state Office of Traffic Safety to have two officers on overtime target possible DUIs and traffic violations, particularly among motorcyclists, on weekends.
From 2001 to 208, the CHP says, motorcycle-involved collisions in Lake County jumped 144 percent while alcohol-involved crashes rose 13 percent.
“You have so much less leeway and margin of error with motorcyclists that you don’t have with cars,” CHP Officer Steven Tanguay said,
The scenic highways of Lake County draw motorcyclists from the Bay Area for weekend rides, particularly in the summer when dozens of riders often can be found taking breaks at delis and restaurants in Middletown.
The Lake County CHP program, called Five Alive, started last weekend and will last a year.
Tanguay said speeding is the top offense for most motorcyclists, but officers will be watching for other violations, such as passing over double yellow lines, handlebars too high and license plates not clearly readable.
In addition to enforcement, he said the CHP will start a public education program where officers will discuss safety issues with local motorcycle groups.
“Enhanced enforcement efforts directed at motorcyclists and impaired drivers, coupled with an aggressive public education and awareness program, should help reduce the number of fatal and injury collisions,” Lt. Mark Loveless, commander of the Clear Lake area office said in a statement.