Sunday, 30 June 2013

String of Accidents Lead to Reduction in Motorcycle Officers

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Every San Jose motorcycle accident lawyer is aware that a motorcycle accident can result in catastrophic injuries, that can keep a person off his feet for weeks or months, and even unable to work.  The Bakersfield Police Department is finding this out the hard way.  The Department has seen many of its motorcycle officers involved in accidents, suffering injuries and unable to return to work, which is why it has decided to reduce the number of its motorcycles.
Just a few years ago, the Police Department boasted of a fleet of 25 motorcycles, but the fleet has been dramatically slashed down to just seven motorcycles.  According to the Police Department, there are several advantages that motorcycles offer during traffic enforcement operations, including maneuverability ability as well as a better view of the activity inside a car.  For instance, a motorcycle officer is much more likely to be able to determine whether a motorist is texting.
However, there have been too many risks associated with motorcycle law enforcement.  Many police officers with the Department have suffered serious injuries in accidents, and several of them had to opt for early retirement because of the catastrophic nature of these injuries.  In some cases, motorcycle officers have spent weeks and even months on disability, because of the nature of their injuries.
Since 2009, when the Police Department noticed ever-increasing number of accidents involving its motorcycle police officers, it has been downsizing its fleet.  According to the Police Department, since 2007 alone, there have been 37 police motorcycle accidents that resulted in injuries to the officer.
Motorcycle officers know that riding motorcycles is inherently more dangerous than traffic enforcement using the police car, but the Bakersfield Police Department is now not willing to take more chances on its officers, and has slashed its motorcycle fleet size. 

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  1. Police Department, there are several advantages that motorcycles offer during traffic enforcement operations, including maneuverability ability as well as a better view of the activity inside a car.
    Jeanne Fleming

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