With the weather finally beginning to warm up, the State Highway Patrol is urging drivers to watch out for motorcyclists on county roads.
Lt. Matt Boyd says last year in Muskingum County there were 42 motorcycle crashes and of that number five were fatalities. He says some of these accidents can be prevented by looking out for riders.
" People traveling in cars need to pay attention to motorcycles. It seems as though they don’t get the recognition or respect on the roadway. They are just like any other vehicle, they have the same rights to travel on the roadway as any other vehicle and people need to as they say look twice," said Lt. Boyd.
Along with drivers, motorcyclists must also use safety precautions to prevent accidents. Lt. Boyd says one of the most important pieces of riding equipment are always helmets.
" The importance of wearing a helmet is you know very significant, if you come off of the motorcycle or even if you hit off of the roadway onto the ground, anything that strikes your head obviously is going to be quite an impact coming off of the motorcycle, " said Boyd.
The State Highway Patrol is also asking motorcyclists to pay close attention to the ground. Cinders and gravel used to repair potholes over the past winter can cause riders to slide under the wrong conditions.