NEW REPORT: Motorcycle Deaths Up In Idaho - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

NEW REPORT: Motorcycle Deaths Up In Idaho

BOISE, Idaho - Traffic deaths have increased nationwide by 13.5 percent during the first quarter of 2012, according to estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Unfortunately, following this trend, Idaho has also experienced an increase in motorcycle fatalities; preliminary data shows fatalities have doubled from last year with a total of 13 fatalities by the end of July 2012, compared to six at the same time last year.

"Looking at the 2009-2011 data, about 70 percent of the fatal motorcycle crashes in Idaho were associated with rider error, so we are reminding riders to learn and practice skills and wear the appropriate gear when they ride," said Stacey "Ax" Axmaker, Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program director. "However, drivers are also involved in a significant number of fatal crashes, and they also need to be reminded to be aware of motorcycles, and remember to look twice and share the road with motorcyclists."

Out of the 13 fatalities in Idaho so far, six occurred during July alone. NHTSA's report indicates that the warmer weather in 2012 may be playing a part in the increased numbers. "Certainly, nicer weather means more riders on the road," said Axmaker.

"While many motorcycle crashes can be prevented, we know that they happen. About 500 to 600 crashes are reported every year in Idaho. When a crash does happen, good quality riding gear –a jacket, pants, gloves and helmet– can make a huge difference in injury and even survival. If you are a rider, please gear up. If you have a rider in your life that you care about, ask them to gear up," said Axmaker.

STAR training is associated with a 79 percent reduced crash risk and an 89 percent reduction in the risk of a fatal crash. To learn more about Idaho STAR and motorcycle training, visit www.idahostar.org.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Skater dies from injuries in Riverfront Park accident

    Skater dies from injuries in Riverfront Park accident

    Sunday, January 21 2018 12:11 AM EST2018-01-21 05:11:18 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - City of Spokane Parks and Recreation officials confirmed Saturday night that a skater injured Friday at Riverfront Park has died from their injuries. The skater fell and was hurt, but additional details about the extent of the injuries were not available. “The City of Spokane is deeply saddened by this horrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family, and we send our deepest condolences,” said Mayor David Condon in a release Saturday.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - City of Spokane Parks and Recreation officials confirmed Saturday night that a skater injured Friday at Riverfront Park has died from their injuries. The skater fell and was hurt, but additional details about the extent of the injuries were not available. “The City of Spokane is deeply saddened by this horrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family, and we send our deepest condolences,” said Mayor David Condon in a release Saturday.

    >>
  • What you should do if you have the flu

    What you should do if you have the flu

    Thursday, January 18 2018 1:36 AM EST2018-01-18 06:36:55 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The number of flu cases continue to rise. In Spokane County, more than 300 people have been hospitalized because of it and 14 of them have died. So how do you know you have the flu? KHQ met with Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane County health officer. He says that the flu is a respiratory illness and if you have it, you’ll know it’s more than a cold. “You have the body aches. Everything hurts. I’ve had people tell me their eyes hurt, their hair hu...

    >>
  • Authorities say Washington teens used dead deer as bait to hunt eagles

    Authorities say Washington teens used dead deer as bait to hunt eagles

    Saturday, January 20 2018 9:24 PM EST2018-01-21 02:24:04 GMT

    KLICKITAT COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police say three teens in Klickitat County were using a dead deer to bait and shoot eagles last week.

    >>

    KLICKITAT COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police say three teens in Klickitat County were using a dead deer to bait and shoot eagles last week.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/