Motorists urged to take caution after string of fatal motorcycle crashes

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 18:11:20-04

A string of motorcycle crashes in the Treasure Valley has law enforcement urging motorists to think twice while on the road. 

"You have to make sure you're paying attention and assume that nobody sees you," said Lt. Stan Nicolls. "Put your helmet on. That's the biggest thing. Your head is the most important thing to protect if you get involved in an accident."

With six fatal motorcycle crashes across Idaho in recent weeks, Sunshine Beer, Director of STAR -- the state's motorcycle rider training program -- says motorists can benefit from going back to basics.

"Make smart choices. Look out for yourself," Beer said. "You can't rely on everyone else to look out for you, so you have to make those decisions for yourself."

Beer says wearing a helmet or seatbelt, avoiding distractions, and being vigilant can save lives. And for those who may have taken a break from riding over the winter, brushing up on skills can make for a safer ride.

"Motorists aren't always paying attention. It's not that they're out to get us, but they're not always paying attention," Beer said. "So, we've got to be vigilant and take care of ourselves out there. No more fatalities."

STAR offers classes for both new and experienced riders. For more information, visit their website here