Drivers, motorcyclists need to start looking out for each other

Thursday , May 03, 2018 - 10:30 PM

STANDARD-EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD

When the weather turns warm, motorcycles hit the streets and mountain roads in Utah.

It’s a dangerous time of year.

After a long winter of owning the road, drivers now need to begin watching for bikes — because when they don’t, the results can be deadly.

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Ogden recorded its first motorcycle fatality of the year March 7. Police say 20-year-old Keifer Deamer was riding northbound on Washington Boulevard when an SUV pulled out in front of him from Canfield Drive, turning south.

The motorcycle and SUV crashed. Deamer, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.

In April, another six motorcyclists died on Utah roads. Motorcycle fatalities in 2018 are running well ahead of last year’s rate, according to John Gleason, spokesman for the Utah Department of Transportation.

“We’ve already seen 10 motorcycle fatalities this year, which is double what we saw last year at this time,” Gleason said at a news conference covered by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Police say drivers need to change their habits and start watching for motorcycles.

But motorcyclists also need to think differently, Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman told Jacob Scholl, a reporter for the Standard-Examiner.

Slowing down and riding defensively could save your life, Lyman said.

Last year, 39 motorcyclists died on Utah roads. Drivers and riders need to look out for each other, or else the death toll could grow in 2018.

It's warm. Riders are hitting the road.

The time to start saving lives is now.

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