NY Motorcyclists 37 Times More Likely to Be Killed in Crashes
June 22nd, 2011|
June 22, 2011
New York state officials held a press conference at Crossings Park in Colonie, New York, on Tuesday to warn motorcyclists about the risks on the road.
This heightened awareness comes in light of the growing popularity of motorcycles in New York; TimesUnion.com reports that 28 percent more New Yorkers hold motorcycle licenses than 10 years ago–so that there are now more than 655,000 licensed riders in the state. That also means that the state has seen a 76 percent increase in the number of registered motorcycles over the last decade.
“Motorcycling is more popular than ever,” said state Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala. “With this popularity comes an increase in crashes, injuries, and fatalities.”
Motorcycle riders are reportedly 37 times more likely to die in a crash as compared to car accidents that result in fatalities. In 2010, 182 New Yorkers died in motorcycle accidents.
At Tuesday’s press conference New York’s Motorcycle Safety Program Manager Chris Connelly spoke about safety tips for motorcyclists and those that share the road with them.
These tips include:
– Take advantage of educational programs, both for beginners and experienced motrocyclists
– Wear protective gear at all times and consider wearing neon-colored clothes for extra visibility
– Never ride drunk or under the influence of drugs
– If you’re in a car, keep an eye out for motocyclists and give them room on the road
– Do not throw out trash that could hit a motorcycle or cause them to slip