Motorcycle fatalities are on the rise in Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
Jay Ofsanik of PennDOT District 12 says there has already been 15 deaths this year, which is equal to the total number of motorcycle fatalities last year. Ofsanik says with months still remaining in the riding season, there are bound to be more fatalities.
Ofsanik says even in the winter, there are moderate days when riders take out their bikes, which extends the riding season.
Ofsanik encourages automobile drivers to keep a look out for motorcyclists, as most drivers involved in an accident report that they did not see the rider. He also reminds drivers to pay attention, be very cautious and stay off the cell phones. Motorcyclists can help prevent accidents by being aware that they may not be seen by drivers, and by being fully prepared to ride by taking riding classes. He says, “share the road!”