Law enforcement offers safety advice as motorbike collisions rise during tourist season

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As temperatures rise, many motorcyclists are taking their bikes out to ride and enjoy the sunny weather.

There have also been several accidents involving motorcycles on the road recently, and law enforcement offers some safety tips.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, there have been multiple motorcycle collisions over the past two weeks in New Hanover and Brunswick counties.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Wilmington police units responded to a crash in the 600 block of South College Road where they found a motorcycle driver in the roadway with serious injuries and a female passenger dead. The driver of this vehicle was taken to Novant Health NHRMC with non-life-threatening injuries. This is an ongoing investigation by WPD’s Traffic Unit. The names of the victims are currently withheld due to family notification.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper John King says with increased traffic on the roads during the tourist season heading for the beach, there is an increased risk of motorcycle collisions.

“More and more people are going to drive. Brunswick County borders Myrtle Beach, so we will have an influx of motorcycles going through the county. There are more cars and trucks on the road at this time of year due to tourist travel. So the increase, – unfortunately, the increase in motorcycle wrecks is going to be there,” said Cavalier John King.

He advises motorcyclists to take extra steps to increase their chances of being visible to other drivers on the road and having the appropriate endorsement on their license to ride one safely.

“People just don’t see the motorcycles. I strongly suggest you wear reflective gear that you might, or can. Release the throttle when you cross that intersection, wait to see what the other person is going to do,” King said.

Brunswick Community College offers a basic motorcycle course, teaching people how to ride a motorcycle safely.

“Normally, once the tourist season starts, we see an increased interest in the Motorcycle Basic Rider course. Once it’s hot outside, people want to take advantage of it and they want to know how to do it safely,” said Onya Gardner, dean of continuing education and workforce development at Brunswick Community College. .

Cape Fear Community College is also seeing a positive response from community members interested in their safety course.

“I think the experience you get in the class is really invaluable. Not just to teach yourself how to use your bike and know the rules of the road, but also to give you a mental awareness of everyone around from you,” said Tanya Stack, senior defensive driving technician at Cape Fear Community College.

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