Motorcycle Enforcement & Education Project
During the month of July, in addition to their normal duties, Lincoln Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit placed an emphasis on motorcycle helmet violations and safety. Thirty six violators were cited for wearing non-DOT approved helmets. On July 29, 2011, the project culminated with a saturation detail focusing on motorcyclists. The Traffic Enforcement Unit, along with members of the Northeast Team, Southeast Team and Nebraska State Patrol helicopter unit conducted enforcement along out-lying areas of the city commonly used for racing. Forty-one citations were issued to motorcyclists and motorists for violations ranging from Improper Registration to DUI. Officers also contacted several groups of motorcyclists to discuss the concerns regarding motorcycle safety.
The project was in direct response to the number of motorcycle accidents seen in Lincoln and in the State of Nebraska. In 2010, 548 motorcycle crashes were reported in Nebraska - 472 involved injuries and 12 were fatal. Three of those fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in Lincoln. Since January 1, 2011, 56 motorcycle crashes have been reported in Lincoln - 42 involved injuries. That is a 9.8% increase from the 51 motorcycle accidents reported during the same time period in 2010.
The end of the month does not end the focused enforcement. Projects such as this will continue randomly during evening hours throughout the remainder of riding season.