Motorcyclist deaths on the rise in Central Ohio

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Disturbing numbers released from the Ohio State Highway Patrol show a rise in motorcycle deaths.  The number of deaths in Central Ohio has already passed last year’s number.

OSHP tried to do something about it with its motorcycle safety event. Labor Day weekend will bring with it hundreds of motorcycles on U.S. 23 for the annual Easy Riders Motorcycle Rodeo in Chillicothe.

Frank Pierce is going.

“It’s pretty relaxing. It’s just to go out and tour around the roads, just sit back relax and enjoy life as it is,” said Pierce.

To say he’s an experienced rider would be an understatement.

“Been riding about 50 years,” said Pierce.

When it comes to bikes and keeping them safe to ride he has a wealth of knowledge. Pierce is a contracted certified motorcycle mechanic with the OSHP and is giving advice to other riders at OSHP’s Motorcycle safety event right along U.S. 23.

“Pretty much do a walk around your bike anytime you go out check the air in your tires. Make sure your lights are working. Stop lights turn signals  Just pretty much a safety check,” said Pierce.

Seems like minor things that could greatly reduce your chances of getting killed in an accident.  Lt. Robert Sellers with OSHP said he’s seeing a disturbing trend with the numbers.

“Last year was a record year in Ohio. Motorcycle fatalities were down 20 percent.  Unfortunately this year we are seeing that number creep back up. Right here in Central Ohio we have already exceeded the amount of fatalities we had all of last year,” said Sellers.

OSHP numbers show 21 people -in Central Ohio- were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2017. So far this year 22 have been killed.

“When you’re on the motorcycle make sure people can see you. Wear something easily noticeable,” said Sellers.

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