Experts push for motorcycle safety after fatal crashes

Motorcycle safety training experts are urging riders to stay alert and sober this Independence Day weekend. Since the start of 2022, Maine has reported 18 fatal motorcycle crashes, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office, more at this point on the calendar than in 2021 or 2020. “Riding a motorcycle is a lot of fun. There has a sense of freedom, but you’re very vulnerable,” said John Kohler, the motorcycle safety program coordinator for the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles. In 2013, Kohler survived an accident on his bicycle that threw him about 100 feet down the highway. He credits his helmet and leather jacket with saving his life and preventing more serious injuries. . . “You have to ride your motorcycle as if everyone was after you, even if they’re not,” Warren said. “You have to be prepared to take evasive action in case something happens that you didn’t expect.” He said the drivers and drivers should all be careful to avoid distractions on the road.State law t of Maine does not require riders to wear helmets, but Kohler encourages riders to wear them for added protection in the event of a crash. Of the 18 people who died in motorcycle crashes this year, 12 were not wearing helmets, according to statistics from the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Motorcycle safety training experts are urging riders to stay alert and sober this Independence Day weekend.

Since the start of 2022, Maine has reported 18 fatal motorcycle crashes, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office, more at this calendar point than in 2021 or 2020.

“Riding a motorcycle is great fun. There’s a sense of freedom, but you’re very vulnerable,” said John Kohler, motorcycle safety program coordinator for the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

In 2013, Kohler survived an accident on his bike that threw him about 100 feet down the highway. He credits his helmet and leather jacket with saving his life and preventing more serious injuries.

Bentley Warren, who has been riding motorcycles for more than 70 years and owns Bentley’s Saloon, said distracted and impaired driving and driving are the two biggest threats on the road.

“You have to ride your bike like everyone’s after you, even if they’re not,” Warren said. “You have to be ready to take evasive action in case something happens that you didn’t expect.” He said drivers and drivers should all be careful to avoid distractions on the road.

Maine state law does not require cyclists to wear helmets, but Kohler encourages cyclists to wear them for added protection in the event of an accident.

Of the 18 people who died in motorcycle crashes this year, 12 were not wearing helmets, according to statistics from the York County Sheriff’s Office.

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