Motorcycle deaths up this year
With the debauchery-fueled Sturgis motorcycle rally set to kick off next week, state safety officials thought now was a good time to remind the public to "share the road"-- especially since motorcycle fatalities are on the rise in Minnesota.
In a press release put out today, the Department of Public Safety laid out some stats. The skinny: 27 motorcyclists have been killed so far this year. At this point last year, 25 bikers had killed. Obviously not a statistically significant jump, but last year was the deadliest year in 23 years, so the bar was already high.
(From the press release):
According to Cheri Marti, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), nearly half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Marti emphasizes that because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, it is more difficult to judge their speed and distance. "Watch carefully for motorcycle riders this weekend, and expect to see them throughout the summer and well into fall," says Marti.
The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center, an OTS program, offers expert riding tips and training for new, returning and advanced riders. For more information or to sign up for a training course, call 800-407-6677 or visit www.motorcyclesafety.org. Tips for riders to be more visible in traffic can be found at www.HighViz.org.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.
- Black Lives Matter marches on the Fair with heavy police escort, few hecklers
Sat., Sep. 19, 12:00am
Sat., Sep. 19, 7:00pm
Sun., Sep. 20, 12:00pm
Sat., Sep. 26, 2:30pm
- Vester Lee Flanagan could have just as easily bought a gun in Minnesota
- A terrible Minneapolis park deal just got $2 million worse