Police urge drivers to take precautions around motorcycles
By Jenny Dreasler, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
The weather is warming up and more motorcycles are hitting the streets.
Following two years of double digit motorcycle crashes in Quincy, local law enforcement are asking you to help lower those numbers.
Ed Zimmerman was getting ready to take his Harley Davidson out for the first time this spring on Tuesday. He knows from nearly 60 years of experience, when the weather starts to get nice, he needs to be on guard.
"You kind of want to expect everybody else to do something wrong and figure what would I do," Zimmerman said.
That's because other drivers may not be after a long winter without seeing many motorcycles on the road.
"If anybody is going to get hurt in an accident, you know it's going to be me, you know," Zimmerman said.
Quincy Police Officer Kris Billingsley says more motorcycles will be hitting the roads this year than in years past.
"It's been a long winter so everyone is anxious to get out and ride. Trending with gas prices on the rise, we've seen more motorcyclists out on the road lately as well," Billingsley said.
Quincy Police responded to 14 motorcycle crashes in 2013, two of those were fatal. To bring those numbers down Billingsley asks drivers to take precautions.
While drivers need to watch out, Zimmerman says those riding the motorcycles need to be prepared too, because he knows all too well what can happen if they aren't.
"Yeah, I've had friends that didn't have their helmet, and they're not here now," Zimmerman said.
Billingsleysays intersections can create some of the most dangerous situations, because motorcycles are often lost in blind spots when cars are turning.
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