Add an HOV Motorcycle-Only Lane to the 15 freeway-Cajon Pass-Save Lives
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Implementing a designated HOV lane on the 15 freeway Cajon Pass, specifically for motorcycles will drastically reduce the number of people killed on a daily/weekly/annual basis. Unfortunately there are too many fatalities occurring at an alarming rate. It is estimated that over 1,000,000 motorcycle riders have taken the specialized and recommended training, referred to as The Motorcycle Training Course (MTC) that consists of 5 hours of classroom training and ten hours of riding. This course is mandatory for anyone under the age of 21 and anyone over 21 seeking to receive a motorcycle endorsement on their California Driver License. There is not enough emphasis on vehicle drivers and many are unaware of the laws as they pertain to motorcycle riders.
"Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System data indicates that motorcyclist fatalities in California have increased yearly. These increases in motorcyclist deaths have occurred at a time when significant gains were achieved in other areas of traffic safety. Motorcyclists are over represented in the overall numbers of traffic deaths in California". https://www.chp.ca.gov/Programs-Services/Programs/California-Motorcyclist-Safety
Southern California, San Bernardino County and the High Desert continue to experience a rapid growth rate each year, which means there will continue to be more vehicles and motorcycles sharing the roads. This leaves motorcycle riders, vulnerable to not only crashes but fatalities. Everyone is in a hurry to get where they are going, there is stop and go traffic, there are semi-trucks and all of these factors can contribute to safety issues.
“Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high performance capabilities. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they're more likely to be injured or killed. The federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2014, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 27 times the number in cars”. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/motorcycles/fatalityfacts/motorcycles
Please help implement a change to the 15 freeway of the Cajon Pass because motorcycle fatalities will continue to increase if nothing is done to keep motorcycle riders safe. My cousin Jonathan Tran, an Army Veteran would be alive today had there been a dedicated HOV Motorcycle only lane and my family would not be experiencing such a tragic and devastating loss. No family should experience this heartache and they will not have to, should a Motorcycle only lane be implemented on the 15 Cajon Pass Freeway.
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