May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that motorcycles have a fatality rate of 72 deaths per 100,000 crashes.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Anika Johnston has been riding motorcycles for decades. 

“I’ve been riding motorcycles for over 30 years, and it’s always just been a source of freedom and independence,” said Johnston. 

Bikes symbolize the independence of traveling and seeing new places. 

 “And motorcycles can take you to places that cars never will.”

But motorcycles can also be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that motorcycles have a fatality rate of 72 deaths per 100,000 crashes. 

For cars that rate is much lower — 13 deaths per 100,000 crashes. 

“So whether you’re riding on a motorcycle or driving in a car, it’s being respectful and aware of your surroundings,” said Johnston. 

Weeks ago WBIR reported on motorcyclist Jessica Dostie, who lost her life in a crash. 

Johnston was her

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month | Local Briefs

Editor’s note: Following is a column submitted by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Motorcycle fatalities increased 40% in 2020 over the previous five-year average.

May is national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Wisconsin State Patrol is asking all motorcyclists and all other motorists to share the road, be alert and safe.

Preliminary data for 2020 for Wisconsin shows there were 2,095 motorcycle crashes, 1,788 motorcyclists injured and 112 motorcycle fatalities.

As warm weather returns, more motorcyclists will be on Wisconsin roads.

“Drivers must be in the habit of looking for motorcyclists,” said Capt. Craig Larson of the State Patrol’s Northwest Region based in Eau Claire.

“And motorcyclists should watch for other vehicles and get properly trained and licensed,” he said. “Together we can save lives.”

Motorcycle crashes often occur when a car or truck driver changes lanes, turns left or pulls out in front of a motorcycle.

Motorcycles are smaller

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Motorcycle riders urged to sign up for free course during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Virginia State Police is once again offering its “Ride 2 Save Lives” motorcycle self-assessment courses across the Commonwealth in the coming weeks.

The free motorcycle self-assessment courses allow current riders the opportunity to learn and practice rider safety, how to handle hazards, special situations, interstate highways, curve negotiation and much more. The courses are conducted by Virginia State Police Motors Troopers in a safe environment.

“The sun is out and the beautiful weather is calling Virginia’s motorcycling community to our highways,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of Virginia State Police. “Rider safety is of the utmost importance, as riding a

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