Troopers investigated six fatal motorcycle crashes in Maryland since July 28th.
Pikesville, Md (KM) There’s still plenty of warm weather days for motorcyclists to get on their bikes and ride.. But the Maryland State Police are once again reminding bikers to be careful as they take to the roads. “Since July 28th, the Maryland State Police alone have investigated six fatal motorcycle crashes,” says spokesman Ron Snyder. “There have been others reported from other jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies.”
Those jurisdictions reporting fatal motorcycle crashes since July 28th are Harford, Prince George’s and Baltimore Counties.
Snyder says motorcyclists need to take precautions when they’re out on the road, and that includes wearing a helmet when riding. “It’s the law to wear a seatbelt in a vehicle. It’s the law to wear a helmet in Maryland,” he says. “Violators could be fined $500 for not wearing protective gear.”
Other basic tips include staying sober when riding, obeying the speed limits, allowing for proper space for emergency braking and not driving aggressively.
But the State Police also remind drivers to practice safety when out on the roads when it comes to motorcyclists. . “Be aware of your surroundings.. Be alert for motorcyclists. Use care when driving near a group of motorists. Give plenty of space as you would any other vehicle. Yield the right of way to oncoming motorcycle when turning left,” Snyder says.
There are an average of 70 fatalities and 1400 injuries involving motorcycles in Maryland each year, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.
By Kevin McManus