LANCASTER, Ohio – The Ohio Highway Patrol is crediting education efforts for reducing the number of summer motorcycle accidents in the state.
"We distributed a lot of information to the dealerships in the area," Lt. Craig Cvetan, Lancaster post commander of the Ohio Highway Patrol, told the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.
The state saw a record number of fatal crashes in the summer of 2011, prompting the education campaign. In 2011, three fatal motorcycle crashes were reported in Fairfield County from Memorial Day to Labor Day, according to the patrol. A total of 25 crashes were reported during that time frame.
In June, two people were killed when their motorcycle went off the road. Troopers reported that neither was wearing a helmet. That was the only fatal motorcycle crash reported this summer.In total, 14 motorcycle crashes were reported from Memorial Day to Labor Day this year.
State troopers stepped up enforcement efforts and attended motorcycle exams in June and July, and passed out the yellow "watch for motorcycle" bumper stickers.
In Ohio, only novice motorcycle riders are required to wear a helmet. Cvetan said a rider with less than a year's experience is considered a novice.
Posted by Holly Wagner