EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - People are looking to help find a solution after an alarming number of motorcycle deaths and wrecks over the past few years.
People with the Ride Safe Indiana motorcycle safety program tell us, Vanderburgh County has one of the highest percentages of motorcycle deaths and collisions for the past two years.
According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Todd Ringle, 112 motorcyclists were killed in 2018, which is down compared to the 147 deaths in 2017. While motorcycles are involved in just two percent of all crashes, Sgt. Ringle says 13 percent of the state’s deaths are motorcyclists.
The most common type of motorcycle related crash is failure to yield, says Sgt. Ringle.
“Failure to yield is the most common type of crash,” explains Sgt, Ringle. “Motorists need to look twice for motorcycles, especially when turning left at an intersection.”
"Motorcycles are smaller in stature so its easier for them to hide in traffic. Not on purpose, but they blend in to blind spots on vehicles " said BMV operations manager Brittainy Hubble.
Statistics from Ride Safe Indiana show Evansville and the surrounding area had 274 motorcycle collisions in 2017 and 2018. Of those 274, 18 were deadly, according to the program’s news release.
The Ride Safe program helps riders gain skills to stay safe.
With classes for both new and experienced riders.
“It’s important for us to be able to share that knowledge," said Hubble. "It’s a great community, they give back, but it’s important that we share that informatio.”
This summer the Evansville Otters are joining in.
Ride Safe will sponsor one of the Otters home games, and offer people information about how they can keep our roads safe.