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June 17, 2014

Motorcycle safety initiative results in more than 100 citations

The New York State Police along with other law enforcement agencies joined forces  on Friday to issue 118 vehicle and traffic citations related to motorcycle operators and other vehicle traffic around motorcycles.

As part of the governor's Traffic Safety Committee’s 2014 initiatives “Operation Saddlebag III,” motorcyclists as well as passenger vehicles were targeted for inspection and enforcement as they traveled Interstates 90, 190, 290, and Expressways 5, 33, 219, 400. Additionally, a stationary checkpoint was conducted on the Peace Bridge access road within the City of Buffalo.

The stationary checkpoint at the Peace Bridge saw more that 2,100 vehicles pass through with more than 300 inspections conducted. The four-hour collaboration resulted in 118 vehicle and traffic citations issued, including but not limited to: Unapproved helmets, speeding, unsafe lane changes, driving on the shoulder, driving the wrong way on a highway, aggravated unlicensed operation, texting and cell phone use, and one operator was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.

The initiative objective was based on the collaboration of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to run traffic details simultaneously on various Erie County interstates. Participating agencies included: United States Customs and Border Protection, the New York State Police in Troop A and Troop T (Thruway), Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Police, Cheektowaga Police, Amherst Police, Town of Tonawanda Police, Hamburg Police, West Seneca Police and the Orchard Park Police. 

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