Motorcycle fatalities in Idaho peak in the summer months
BOISE – With the arrival of warm weather, the number of motorcycles on the road increases and so does the number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program want to see that trend end.
Based on preliminary reports, there have been eight fatalities involving motorcycles in Idaho during the first six months of 2014 (Jan. 1 to June 30), one more than last year.
ITD data shows that nearly 68 percent of the motorcycle crashes in Idaho happen between May and August.
Download a fact sheet with 2011-13 motorcycle crash data.
ITD and Idaho STAR encourage drivers and riders to be alert, sober and courteous, and to share the road so everyone can get where they are headed safely.
Motorcycle riders also are reminded to be prepared for the unexpected, make themselves visible to other motorists while on the road and wear protective gear to help minimize injury. ITD's crash reports show that 67 percent of motorcycle fatal crashes in Idaho are associated with rider error.
To reduce the risk of crashes, motorcycle riders are encouraged to participate in motorcycle rider training. Idaho STAR offers eight different courses for riders of all levels of experience and ability, from people just thinking about buying a motorcycle to veteran riders. There are 11 training locations across Idaho. To find one nearby, visit idahostar.org.
STAR training is associated with a 79 percent reduced crash risk and an 89 percent reduction in the risk of a fatal crash. To learn more about Idaho STAR and motorcycle training, visit idahostar.org or call 1-888-280-7827.
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