CITYWIDE — Santa Monica police officers will crack down on motorcycle-related traffic violations Sunday as part of their day-long Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation.

Extra patrols in areas frequented by motorcyclists or where crashes occur will also be in place.

The move comes after the recent turnaround of a 10-year trend of high motorcycle fatalities in California. In 2010, 352 motorcyclists were killed, in contrast to 560 deaths just two years before, police said.

“The terrible trend of rising motorcycle fatalities has been reversed, though there is more that everyone can do to save more lives,” said Christopher J. Murphy, California Office of Traffic Safety director. “Riders and drivers need to respect each other and share the road.”

Part of this reduction can be attributed to fewer improperly licensed riders. As a result, the Santa Monica Police Department encourages riders of all ages to be properly licensed and seek training and safety information.

Drivers are also reminded to be mindful of motorcyclists, especially when turning and changing lanes.

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