Over the course of the next several days, regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus on stopping and arresting motorists driving under the influence, according to the Napa Police Department.
Additionally, Napa police officers will take part in a distracted driving enforcement operation between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and a motorcycle safety enforcement operation between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Napa Police Sgt. Brian Campagna said. Distracted drivers use cell phones, text, apply make-up, shave, read the newspaper or perform other tasks while driving.
During the motorcycle rules enforcement operation, extra officers will patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle-involved crashes occur. There were 25 collisions involving a motorcycle in 2012 in the city of Napa, including one that resulted in a fatality. So far in 2013, there have been nine motorcycle-involved crashes in Napa, including one on Aug. 20 at the intersection of Imola Avenue and Gasser Drive.
According to statewide collision data, the primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include excessive speed, unsafe turns, alcohol or drug impairment, and inexperience. The Napa Police Department urges motorcyclists to obtain the proper license and to seek training and safety information. Napa Police also reminds motorists to stay alert and look out for motorcycles, especially when turning or changing lanes.
From 12:01 a.m. Aug. 16 through 12 a.m. Aug. 25, officers representing Napa County’s nine law enforcement agencies have arrested 46 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2012, during the same time period, the officers arrested 47 people for driving under the influence.
Training for motorcyclists is available through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. For information, check ca-msp.org or call (877) 743-3411.
Funding for the Napa Police Department’s special enforcement program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Administration.