In just two weekends three motorcycle crashes have occurred with common factors----excessive speed and no helmets.
This month alone, five riders have been injured. A fatal accident left a female passenger critically injured. Another accident left a female passenger with severe head injuries. With Memorial Day weekend approaching Sergeant Jirles from the Zanesville Highway patrol is reminding drivers to obey the law.
"The most dangerous part of anyone's day in this county is when they're out there on the highway. Whether they're in a car or a motorcycle, whatever the case is. That's the most dangerous part of their day," said Sgt. J.P. Jirles, Zanesville Post, Ohio State Hwy Patrol. "We're going to be out there promoting highway safety, we going to be taking enforcement action on those speed violations that we do see, that have obviously been a factor in all of these accidents."
Since 1978, Ohio law has required anyone under the age of 18, as well as anyone with under a year of experience and their passengers to wear a helmet. Approved protective eye devices are also required at all times.
"We have a long summer to go. We know that everyone is anxious to get out, we would just encourage them to pay attention to their surroundings, wear as much safety gear as they possibly can, and just really slow down for us," said Sgt. Jirles.
Drivers intending to operate a motorcycle are required to have a "motorcycle endorsement" authorization on their license. Last year was the safest year that the State Highway Patrol has ever seen in the state of Ohio. They are determined to meet that goal this year as well.