Last year in Pennsylvania, there were 854,493 licensed motorcyclists, a 13-percent increase from a decade ago, and 409,017 registered motorcycles, 54 percent higher than a decade ago.
Sadly, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation data, there were nearly 4,000 crashes involving motorcycles statewide last year, resulting in 210 fatalities.
That marks an increase from 2011 when there more than 3,600 crashes involving motorcycles and 199 fatalities in those crashes.
Folks, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.
We bet many of you know someone who owns a motorcycle and loves to cruise on the open road.
It's a growing brotherhood and sisterhood.
Yet, too many people don't take the time to look-to see motorcycles on the road. The sad statistics prove that.
As so many public awareness signs proclaim, "Motorcycles Are Everywhere," it's your responsibility to share the road.
Motorists must look out for each other so we can reduce crashes and highway deaths.
And be aware, Pennsylvania Act 84 of 2012 requires motorcycle permit holders under 18 years of age to take and successfully complete the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program Basic Rider Course to receive a license. More information can be found on-line at www.pamsp.com.
Be safe out there!
- The (Lock Haven) Express