The 2018 motorcycle season is fast approaching, which means we all need a refresher course on our riding skills and our safety measures. This is especially true considering the motorcycle safety efforts undertaken by Colorado police and traffic officials last year. But were those 2017 motorcycle safety efforts effective?
Did 2017 Motorcycle Safety Efforts Pay Off?
Late afternoon on January 19th, Grand Junction police received a REDDI (Report Every Drunken Driver Immediately) report. Several motorists had seen a red sedan driving erratically on Patterson Road, and they suspected the driver was drunk. Unfortunately, just before police received this alert, that red sedan crashed into a motorcyclist while turning off Patterson Road. The motorcyclist did not survive.
This rider was one of the 35 people who died on Colorado roads between January 1st and February 1st. Considering that 630 people died in 2017 traffic incidents, this number isn’t a good sign. According to Colorado Transportation Department officials, the number of traffic fatalities is up by 29 percent over the last three years. Traffic officials have responded by posting warnings on interstate signs asking drivers to drive safely.
Despite this rise in traffic fatalities, it may come as a surprise that motorcyclists were not a part of that rise. CDOT says that motorcycle deaths actually dropped by 20 percent in 2017. This means the efforts of CDOT and Colorado State Patrol to make our roads safer for motorcycles have met with some success. Hopefully that success will continue into 2018, but we all have to do our part.
Keep going to motorcycle safety classes, keep your skills sharp, and drivers, watch out for the motorcyclists who share the road with you.
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