CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Prior to now 72 hours, there have been a number of motorbike and automobile crashes within the Rogue Valley, a few of them – lethal.
“We do have an uptick in motorbike crashes throughout these lovely climate occasions,” stated Captain Stephanie Bigman with Oregon State Police.
Following a lethal motorbike crash Thursday morning on Freeway 66, a motorbike and automobile crash in Medford Friday afternoon close to Columbus Avenue, and a crash involving a number of bikes on I-5 Friday night time – the Oregon State Police desires to remind the general public to be cautious and conscious of their environment.
“Automobiles which can be turning, that’s the main trigger of those crashes for these motorcyclists. After they’re [motorcyclists] going by their coaching course they need to assume each automobile is popping at them,” she stated.
She says driving complaints from Oregonians have elevated drastically, setting a file excessive of 54,000 in 2021.
Captain Bigman says that is resulting in state police conducting ‘excessive saturation’ occasions in hopes of stopping crashes and implementing protected driving. This implies extra patrols on the state’s roads, regardless of a staffing scarcity. “There’s solely 410 troopers and sergeants which can be on the highway out patrolling and now we have 8,000 miles of state highways to patrol and there are 3.8 million licensed drivers,” she stated.
So what can drivers do to be extra conscious of sharing the roadway with motorcyclists? Captain Bigman suggests what police name: “The Deadly 5 or SOLID”.
“Decelerate, occupant security – put on your seat-belts, lane usage- keep inside your lane, watch out of what lane you’re utilizing in passes and turns, impaired driving – don’t be ingesting and driving, distracted driving – keep off the telephone, don’t be messing with the radio, take note of your environment,” she stated.
Jackson County ranked fifth within the state for motorbike fatalities in 2018.
That’s in response to the Oregon Division of Transportation.
“Bikes cover in what we name within the A-Pillar, so in the event that they’re transferring and also you’re transferring – you’ll by no means see them. So you actually wish to be sure to come to an entire cease, look and look once more earlier than you go.”
She ecommends individuals plan forward for his or her journeys so as to save time and drive accordingly.