May is Motorcycle Safety Month

Statewide Iowa – There have already been 14 motorcyclists killed in accidents this year and the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and the Iowa DOT are trying to raise awareness of the problem. GTSB spokesperson, Colleen Powell, says some people are not following basic safety rules.

Powell says being distracted in a car or on a motorcycle can lead to bad results as you need to have all your attention focused on driving. She says there’s also another trend in the motorcycle deaths.

Powell says motorcyclists can give themselves more protection with a helmet.

Motorcycles make up three tenths of one percent of all registered vehicles in the state, and point-33 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. But last year motorcycle deaths accounted for 16 percent of total traffic fatalities.


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