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Ouch: Police Plan Motorcycle Sting



    Ouch: Police Plan Motorcycle Sting
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    BOLINGBROOK, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Former Bolingbrook, Illinois police Sgt. Drew Peterson rides away from his home on a motorcyle about a half hour before friends and family of his missing wife Stacy were to hold a vigil out front November 17, 2007 in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Peterson is a suspect in the disappearance of Stacy, his fourth wife. The death of Peterson's third wife Kathleen Savio, which had been ruled an accident, was recently determined to be a homicide. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    If you're planning on driving around on your motorcycle this weekend, you'd better have the proper license. Because your odds of getting pulled over are going up.

    The LAPD will be sending extra officers to stake out areas where motorcycle accidents are common over the weekend.

    Then they'll be writing tickets.

    No, motorcyclists, they're not just picking on you. They're trying to protect you.

    Statistics show that motorcycle deaths are on the rise in California with a 51% hike in the last eight years. In Los Angeles, deaths are even more frequent, possibly due to heavy traffic, and have gone up 62% in the last four years. Most of these fatalities are in the 21-24 and the 55+ age groups.

    But the traffic is not the only reason for these accidents; inexperienced riders are a leading cause. According to the LAPD, “Thirty-six percent of the motorcyclists killed in California are not properly licensed. Improper Licensing is a greater problem in younger riders, where 63% of the 16-24 year-old operators killed were not properly licensed.”

    LAPD will be writing tickets not only to motorcyclists who are driving unsafely, but also other drivers, in an effort to keep everyone on the road -- especially 2-wheeled motorists -- safe.

    Drive carefully.