Fountain Valley police officers will sit astride department motorcycles for the first time in 14 years today as the city resurrects its disbanded motorcycle patrol.
A sergeant and two officers will start focusing on traffic enforcement, with another officer joining them in September after training with the California Highway Patrol in Sacramento.
Police Chief Elvin G. Miali set several goals to gauge the effectiveness of the motorcycle patrols, including:
* A 10% drop in injury accidents and hit-and-run crashes in two years.
* A 20% drop in alcohol-related crashes in two years.
* A 20% increase in the number of vehicles impounded from drivers with suspended licenses or no licenses.
* A 4% increase in seat-belt and child-safety-seat compliance in the first year.
The decision to revive motorcycle patrols came at the recommendation of the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies. An October 1996 analysis said Fountain Valley could increase its traffic safety by using motorcycle patrols.