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Motorcycle deaths raise concerns

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 31, 2007 at 7:00 am with No Comments »
March 31, 2007 7:00 am

Washington State Patrol brass are concerned about the number of deadly motorcycle collisions so far this year.

Eight fatalities have been reported less than three months into the year. Last year, there were 82, the State Patrol reported.

The most recent fatality was last weekend along Interstate 90. A motorcycle going more than 100 mph clipped the rear of an SUV and the motorcycle rider was killed instantly. Troopers report the collision was powerful enough to send the SUV into the guardrail.

As with that deadly collision, it appears that speed has largely contributed to the accidents.

“Excessive speed on a motorcycle can be deadly in a heartbeat,” Patrol Chief John R. Batiste said in a press release.

So, here are two friendly reminders about riding a motorcycle from the State Patrol.

- Slow down. You can increase your odds of survival just by doing that. “Speed not only increases the severity of injuries, but it also reduces life-saving reaction time,” the press release states.

- Take a certified motorcycle safety course.

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