Police crack down on speeding motorcyclists

Police on Sunday cited four motorcyclists for reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph as part of an enforcement operation aimed at rider safety, officials said.

Three motorcyclists on Sunday were cited for traveling at 105 mph on local freeways, while another rider got a ticket for hitting 106 mph, Glendale Police Sgt. Dennis Smith said.

Police officers stopped 31 motorcyclists and issued 28 citations, he said. Another two riders were cited for not having a valid California motorcycle license, and one bike was impounded, Smith added.

Police followed speeding motorists from city streets to local freeways, including the Ventura (134) and Foothill (210) freeways and Angeles Crest Highway, he said.

A California Office of Traffic Safety grant funded the operation, which lasted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The operation was held in conjunction with a nationwide effort this month to increase public safety awareness.

Five motorcyclists were killed from 2003 to 2010 in Glendale, according to the Police Department. Another 151 riders were injured in collisions during the same period.

-Veronica Rocha

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