Fresno Police seeing an increase in motorcycle fatalities


FRESNO, California.- Fresno Police Officers said up until August, there weren’t any fatalities as a result of motorcyclist accidents. In the past two weeks, there has been two.

CHP Officer Mike Salas said each year there are more crashes involving motorcycles, many due to people not being aware of their surroundings.

“Every year we see an increase in motorcyclist accidents,” said Salas.

According to Salas, in Fresno County, there have been 67 total motorcyclist accidents in 2019. In 76% of those accidents, the motorcyclist was at fault.

However, Salas said it is important for all drivers on the road to be aware in order for this number to decrease.

“Again, always check those mirrors. Always check your surroundings. You never know when a motorcyclist is going to be coming up. But equally, the motorcyclist needs to be driving safely and cautiously as well,” said Salas.

Within Fresno City limits, there have been over 30 accidents in 2019, 20 resulting in injuries. Owner of Traffic Depot & Traffic School John Lanier said his company teaches drivers to drive four to five seconds behind motorcyclists. Lanier said it is also a good idea to start teaching children to be aware.

“Well from a young age you can teach kids to look out for motorcyclists that you see,” said Lanier. “Make a game of it and say ‘hey count the motorcycles that you see’ and that kinda gives them awareness. That is one thing they can do and again, giving yourself a cushion. That is the best thing you can do.”

Both Lanier and Salas said the increase of distracted drivers is also a factor in the increase in crashes.

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