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Operation SADDLEBAG III nets 118 V&T Violations

June 19, 2014 

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the New York State Police, US Customs and area police departments, participated in Operation SADDLEBAG III.  Operation SADDLEBAG III was conducted June 13 and patrolled the area’s major highways and the Peace Bridge for motorcycle safety and traffic enforcement.

In the one day operation the multi-agency sweep of the area resulted in a total of 118 traffic tickets issued consisting of the following breakdown:

53 V&T Violations Committed by Cars in close proximity to Motorcycles: 

13 Speeders
4 unsafe lane changes
1 Following too closely
4 Texting/Cell Phone Violations 

65 V&T Violations Committed by Motorcyclists: 

13 Illegal Helmets
10 Excessively Modified Exhaust Systems
11 License Plate Placement Violations (tucked under or hidden)
2 Unsafe Tires
8 Unregistered Motorcycles
13 Uninspected Motorcycles
1 Motorcyclist driving the wrong way on the highway
1 Motorcyclist driving down the shoulder of the highway
5 Operating a motorcycle out of class
1 Other V&T violation 

Additionally, 3 drivers were charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a vehicle.