Townsend Police Share Motorcycle Safety Tips – John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC

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TOWNSEND — With warmer weather in the forecast, Chief James P. Sartell wishes to remind drivers to be aware of motorcycles on the road.
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TOWNSEND — With warmer weather in the forecast, Chief James P. Sartell wishes to remind drivers to be aware of motorcycles on the road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,985 motorcyclists killed in crashes in 2018 and motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than those in passenger cars, based on vehicle miles traveled. Though the number of fatalities in 2018 is an almost 5% decrease from the previous year, motorcycle riders are still overrepresented in traffic fatalities, accounting for 14% of all fatalities despite representing only 3% of registered motor vehicles on the road.
“Drivers and motorcyclists play equally important roles in keeping everyone safe on the road,” Chief Sartell said. “Please be alert and make sure you are following the rules of the road, whether you are operating a vehicle or motorcycle.”
The Townsend Police Department wishes to share the following safety tips from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to help keep motorcyclists safe:
Additionally, motorcyclists should:
More information about motorcycle safety can be found on the State’s website here or on the NHTSA website here.
Additionally, drivers should expect to see an increase in motorcycle traffic on and around Route 13 from June 12 to 20 as individuals head to and from Laconia Motorcycle Week in Laconia, N.H.
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