Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers will be patrolling the streets this weekend on the lookout for unsafe motorcycle riders.

The LBPD will conduct a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday and Sunday in areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes are known to occur. Officers will be on the lookout for violations made by drivers and riders that can lead to motorcycle crashes.

These violations can include but are not limited to speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to drugs and alcohol, police said.

“Motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37% from 2008 to 2010, but then rose 23% by 2012,” the LBPD said in a statement. “Operations like this are aimed at curbing increases in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers downward.”

The LBPD said there were 295 motorcyclists injured and 19 motorcycle-related fatalities between January 2011 and December 2013.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.