Local Interest
4:42 am
Wed June 6, 2007

Motorcycle Deaths Up This Year

Wilmington, NC – The North Carolina Highway Patrol says deadly motorcycle accidents are on the rise this year.

Forty-seven motorcyclists have died since the first of January. The Highway Patrol says there are more motorcycles on the road, putting more bikers at risk. Highway Patrol Spokesperson Lt. Everett Clendenin says that means drivers in vehicles need to be extra cautious.

They need to make sure that they take the opportunity to check their blind spots really well when they're traveling and getting ready to make turns out on the highway.

Clendenin says the deadly motorcycle accidents are happening more on secondary roads than on interstates, and that they're happening all across the state.