Elberton Police Chief on Motorcycle Safety

June 11, 2013

Motorcyclists are out in full force so far this summer enjoying the warmer months, and the increased number of riders mark a time for motorists to be more alert while traveling.

In 2011 and 2012 there were roughly two hundred and fifty motorcycle fatalities in the state of Georgia, that’s according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Elberton Police Chief Mark Welsh, who is also an avid motorcyclist, shares some important safety tips to keep in mind when riding.

“Never ride impaired or distracted, pay attention to what you are doing constantly; please obey the traffic laws, and try and make yourself visible while riding by wearing bright colored clothing”, said Chief Welsh.

Chief Welsh also advises against driving in poor weather conditions, and encourages everyone to use turn signals for every turn.

He says keeping those bits of information in mind can help reduce your chances of getting in an accident.

Some scary national statistics regarding motorcycle fatalists show that in 2010 and 2011 there were a total of 4,612 motorcycle related fatalities across the nation.

Those stats are according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.