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Kentucky State Police Urges Motorcycle Safety

Date of News Release: 03/29/2010

(Hickory, Ky.) -- As warm weather approaches, many people will take to the road on their motorcycle or scooter. Kentucky State Police want to remind drivers to pay close attention to the other motorists on the roadway as many will be travelling on these vehicles which are much less visible than a car or truck. If you are pulling onto a highway, look closely for these motorcycle riders. In 2009 there were 1,873 motorcycle collisions on Kentucky highways. These collisions resulted in 1,396 people being injured. Eighty people lost their lives in those collisions. Kentucky State Police also want to urge motorcycle riders to wear a helmet to ensure their safety. Over 60 percent of those 80 victims chose not to wear protective headgear. As a reminder, Kentucky law states that anyone under the age of 21 is required to wear protective headgear while operating or while being a passenger on a motorcycle. Also, anyone, regardless of age, who has possessed a motorcycle license for less than one year is required to wear protective headgear. Lastly, anyone who possesses a motorcycle permit is required to wear protective headgear regardless of age.

Also, as summer approaches, teenagers and adults alike will be riding all terrain vehicles as a form of recreation. Kentucky State Police wish to remind ATV riders that it is illegal to operate an ATV on public roadways for recreational purposes. This includes golf carts and "Gator" type vehicles. If you are caught violating this law, you could face a fine as well as vehicle impoundment.

As always, the Kentucky State Police are committed to highway safety and the well being of all motorists on Kentucky roadways. The public can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to Kentucky State Police by calling toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state).

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