Delaware Office Of Highway Safety & Partners Raises Awareness About Motorcycle Safety | News

DELAWARE– Last year, there were 24 motorcycle accident deaths in Delaware. This is the highest amount in one year in the last four decades.

Jason Coleman, public information officer for the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS), said there have been accidents involving motorcycles in Sussex County in recent years.

Motorcycle crashes and fatalities have remained constant at twenty percent for the past five years in Sussex County and so far those numbers are about the same for this year,” Coleman said.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) joins the OHS in putting more emphasis on motorcycle safety. Community relations director CR McLeod said there have already been motorcycle fatalities this year in the first state.

“So far in 2022 we have already seen three motorcyclists killed,” McLeod said. “So with warmer weather, we really want to draw attention to more motorcyclists and whether you’re riding a motorbike, whether you’re in a car, on foot or on a bike, we need safety to be the top priority of each.”

The OHS says the leading causes of motorcycle deaths are speeding, left-turning motorcyclists and impaired driving due to alcohol.

The Delaware Motor Vehicle Division offers motorcycle safety courses, and Ace Cycle Repair Shop Chief Repairman John Irwin encourages people to take these courses before hitting the road.

“It’s the same course across the country,” Irwin said. “Delaware is very pro-safety. Their course is about fifty dollars. There’s no excuse not to take it. It’s three days of your life. It’ll save you money on your insurance and it’ll save you money.” will make or break you. You’re not learning bad habits from anyone.”

Experts say it’s important to have the right equipment and make sure routine maintenance is done on motorcycles to keep them running properly and safely. They also say that motorcyclists and others must coexist safely on the roads.

Governor John Carney signed a proclamation to make May Motorcycle Awareness Month. State and local police special enforcement continues through May 8. The OHS will also be a sponsor of the Thunder Over Dover Air Show to talk about motorcycle safety awareness on May 21-22.

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