The California Bay Area hosts a variety of motorcycle racing events throughout the year, one of which is the Red Bull US motorcycle grand prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. These events are a time for motorcycle and racing enthusiasts to come together and enjoy their shared passion. However, the 2010 grand prix was marred by a serious motorcycle accident which occurred as the riders were leaving the raceway.
Critics of a new bill proposed by California State Assemblyman Michael Allen claim that the measure will hinder police officers’ ability to reprimand intoxicated drivers and prevent car accidents. The proposed legislation targets California’s DUI traffic stops. It creates certain restrictions intended to ensure that officers at the checkpoints do not unnecessarily punish sober motorists and is raising a good deal of debate in the State Assembly.
For years, national safety campaigns sponsored by mainstream celebrities and important government agencies have tried to impress upon drivers the dangers of texting behind the wheel. While distracted driving remains a critical threat to road safety, another dangerous behavior has also attracted the attention of safety advocates: texting while walking.
Many San Francisco residents may remember a tragic 2009 MUNI accident in which 46 passengers and two train operators were injured at the city’s West Portal station. The incident occurred in July when an incoming train failed to stop correctly and proceeded to crash into another light rail vehicle already parked at the station.
California Highway Patrol Officers spend a lot of time on the state’s roadways. Between patrolling the streets, assisting drivers during roadside emergencies and responding to crashes, officers’ daily work places them in dangerous situations where they are vulnerable to the carelessness of reckless drivers.
As part of our blog we have discussed a number of San Francisco bicycle accidents, the prevalence of which contribute to the city’s reputation as a dangerous place to travel on two wheels. We’ve also highlighted how San Francisco city officials have been charged with addressing this problem and making the city more bike-friendly.