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Two Bakersfield Police motorcycle units are parked at BPD headquarters in this June 2013 photo. The Bakersfield Police Department said at the time it was reducing its number of motorcycles for safety reasons.

Bakersfield police will be conducting a motorcycle safety enforcement operation throughout May in an effort to lower motorcycle-related deaths and injuries.

Officers will patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release. They'll be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns or any other violation.

In 2013, the BPD investigated 48 crashes involving motorcycles. Of these, 32 resulted in injuries and one resulted in a death.

Drivers should be aware motorcycle lane splitting is not illegal if done in a safe manner. Police said motorcycle riders should consult the Lane Splitting General Guidelines to learn more --

Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.