Motorcycle fatalities and road safety
It continues to be a dangerous year for motorcyclists in our region. Saturday, there was a fatal motorcycle crash in Chautauqua County linked to high speed.
Motorcycle groups try to teach safety, especially to less experienced bikers, but not all listen.
Andrew Barr is president of the Cattaraugus County Chapter of the motorcycle group ABATE, which stresses education. Barr said a big safety problem is automobile drivers who don't pay enough attention to bikers. Barr knows first hand because his only accident resulted from being cut off by a car.
"I was launched off my bike and landed in somebody's front yard," said Barr. "But the full face helmet saved my life and I will go to my grave believing that."
Barr said he tells new bikers there is a safety reason to wear boots, leather pants and jackets and not flip-flops and shorts.
A motorcyclist was arrested last week south of Albany for traveling at 170-miles per hour. He didn't even have a biker license .