Press Release

​Sarah Richards, Commander
Office of Community Outreach & Media Relations
601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811


​Fran Clader
Director of Communications
(916) 843-3310



SACRAMENTO, Calif. –The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is stepping up motorcycle safety awareness statewide as part of Get Educated and Ride Safe (GEARS) III, a yearlong, federally funded program focused on educational and enforcement efforts.

The primary goal of GEARS III is to reduce the number of motorcycle-involved crashes and victims.  In federal fiscal year (FFY) 2017-18, the number of motorcycle-involved crashes increased approximately 3 percent within CHP jurisdiction.  However, provisional FFY 2018-19 data show a 10 percent decrease.

“The ultimate objective is to improve not just motorcycle safety, but highway safety overall,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said.  “The additional education and enforcement funded by GEARS III helps our officers meet this objective.”

During the grant period, the CHP will increase motorcycle safety activities in regions with a high number of motorcycle incidents and participate in traffic safety education campaigns such as “May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.”  The campaigns will promote the use of U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant helmets for all riders and raise motorists’ awareness of sharing the road with motorcyclists.  The campaigns will also focus on the most dangerous traffic violations, including speeding, improper turning, and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.



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