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In Light of Recent Data, Here are Tips for Motorcycle Safety

In Light of Recent Data, Here are Tips for Motorcycle Safety

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GREAT FALLS - The month of May is National Bike Month and the Montana Highway Patrol has recently released data that show a rise in motorcycle deaths in recent years. The Montana Highway Patrol reported an rise in motorcycle fatalities from 2011 to 2013 of a nearly 62% increase. In 2011, 21 deaths were recorded, in 2013, 34 people died.

"There has been a marked increase in motorcycle fatalities around the state. young people often drive motorcycles, 18 to 25 year olds are the highest demographic of fatalities in the state," explains Trooper Daniel Arnold.

Montana Highway Patrol says the leading cause of motorcycle related deaths is inexperience.

"There is a few reasons for that as well , an inexperienced driver haven't done a lot of miles on the highway. Often times young people have a sense of invincibility, it's pretty well documented so they then to take more chances," says Trooper Arnold.

So to find out how folks can stay safe out there on the road I met up with motorcycle rider Jayson Launer who has been riding for most of his life.

"Dirt bikes since I was a kid and I brought my first Harley when I was 19," says Launer

Launer agrees that education can help a driver the most and he says while riding his bike one hint is to watch out for yourself on the road don't expect cars to watch for you.

"You have to be a defensive driver, your probably not going to wreck but the other people around you are the ones not paying attention to you. so be a defensive driver, take your course and gear up with your leathers," says Launer

Speaking of gear make sure you have the most important gear of all your helmet and also ride wearing leather for extra protection.

"the more leather the better. absolutely, protect your skin, you can't replace your skin you can always replace your clothes," says Launer

Trooper Arnold adds that the Highway Patrol wants you to be safe when you ride and warns to take care while on the road.

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