As motorcycle fatalities continue to climb across the province, OPP are speaking out.
So far this year, motorcycle collisions have claimed the lives of 23 drivers and 3 passengers in Ontario.
Last year, there were 31 fatalities and Police expect we will exceed that number if changes aren’t made.
Sgt. Dave Rektor is urging all drivers to be aware of their surroundings.
“Almost 76 per cent of these motorcycle crashes that have ended in fatality are not the fault of the motorcycle driver, rather, the fault of an inattentive driver, someone who is not looking for a motorcycle, either during a lane change or at an intersection, or turning from one road to the next,” said Rektor.
Stats show 92 per cent of motorcycle deaths happen during clear weather with dry road conditions.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re in the right or the wrong on a motorcycle, when a collision happens, the driver and/or the passenger as we’ve seen in crashes, usually ends up with serious injuries or they’re killed as a result of the crash so being right isn’t the issue, it’s being safe,” said Rektor.
In addition, Police are encouraging motorcycle riders to ensure they have adequate training and experience.
Most fatal collisions happen between 12p.m. and 6p.m. and an overwhelming majority involve older adults who are recreational weekend drivers.