EDMOND — Safety warnings come just in time for this year's national ride a motorcycle to work day on Monday.
Motorcycle officers from Edmond, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department gathered this week in Edmond to make sure motorcyclists and motorists are doing all they can to make the roads safe.
“We want motorists to share the road with motorcycles,” said Edmond police Sgt. Acey Hopper to the event organized by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. “We want to make riding a motorcycle a safe activity.”
In 2010, 75 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in Oklahoma. Another 1,377 people were injured on motorcycles.
Motorcycle driver's license endorsements increased from 191,789 in 2009 to 205,436 the next year, a 7.1 percent increase.
Owen Laughlin, general counsel for Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak, has ridden motorcycles for 50 years. He said big cities can be the most dangerous places to ride a motorcycle.
“Motorcycling takes danger to another level,” Laughlin said. “It requires another mind set.”
Motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to experience a fatal accident on the road than occupants of passenger cars, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.