3:59pm

Mon April 9, 2012
Health and Welfare

Motorcycle Crashes Causing Alarm

Kentucky State Police are seeing a significant spike in motorcycle crashes and deaths.  There’s been a 69 percent increase in motorcycle wrecks this year compared to the same period in 2011.  State police spokesman, Michael Webb says there have been nine bike related fatalities this year compared with four at this point last year.  “So we would ask to encourage all motorists on the roadway to be more vigilant for motorcycles traveling on the roadways….at the same time..we also want to encourage cyclists for how passenger cars behave on the road..and that they may not be able to see cyclists as well,” said Webb.

Webb says a mild winter coupled with an early spring brought out more cyclists than usual.  Webb hopes information on social media will impact driving habits..

“Well the Kentucky state police is obviously undergoing budgetary constraints as all state government is…so we’re trying to use every avenue that we have to get our message out there  while not paying for expensive radio and t.v. ads,” added Webb.

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows motorcyclists are 34 times more likely to die in traffic crashes than occupants of passenger cars.  Webb says the vast majority of motorcycle crashes also involve passenger cars.