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OPP reports 370 motorcyclist deaths in past decade

Thirty per cent of fatal crashes happened at intersections
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Police are urging people to exercise safety after reporting 370 motorcyclist deaths over the past 10 years.

Between 2014 and 2023, excessive speed, failing to yield right of way, driver inattention and losing control were factors in more than 50 per cent of motorcyclist fatalities in OPP jurisdictions. Alcohol and/or drugs accounted for 17 per cent of the deaths. Following too closely, making improper turns, lane changes, and passing were among the other factors.

For motorcyclist fatalities that involved other vehicles, 54 per cent of the factors that led to the deaths were on the part of the drivers of the other vehicles involved. Thirty per cent of the fatalities happened at intersections, and 38 per cent were on provincial highways.

“The OPP and its valued partners at Moto Canada are counting on all drivers to help make it a collision-free riding season by sharing the road safely and staying alert,” OPP said in a news release. “Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible, wear protective gear, ride sober and within the speed limit, and make every decision a safe one while riding. Drivers are urged to keep a watchful eye out for motorcycles and contribute towards a safe driving environment, not just for motorcyclists, but all road users.”