RICHMOND - Last year, Virginia recorded the highest number of motorcyclist fatalities in a decade, and, as the weather warms again, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges motorcyclists and motorists to do their part to prevent deaths this year.
One-hundred-and-seven motorcyclists were killed in 2017 on Virginia roadways, compared to 72 in 2016 - a nearly 50-percent increase. Ninety motorcyclist fatalities were reported in 2011, the previous decade high.
"We are working every day to reduce traffic crashes and save lives on Virginia roadways," said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. "DMV, VDOT, Public Safety and Community Partners are urging motorcyclists and motorists to give their full attention to driving and following the rules of the road."
"A large number of motorcycle crashes occur when the motorcyclist is traveling too fast and loses control of his bike. Following a safe speed is a simple solution for these types of crashes," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative. "Other crashes can occur when a person driving a car, for example, doesn't see the motorcyclist because of inattention or a blind spot. We encourage motorists to be aware of motorcyclists sharing the road and to make sure you know where they are in traffic before changing lanes."
Motorcyclists can take advantage of the Virginia Rider Training Program , which offers statewide motorcycle classes for both beginning and experienced riders.
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