The state and local police, of Chautauqua County is bothered by the percentage of crashes involving motorcycles in the state. According to a report by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, there were 69 motorcycle crashes in 2011. The number of crashes in Chautauqua County was slightly more than 1 percent of all reported incidents involving a motorcycle in the state.
According to Sheriff Joe Gerace, “Motorcycles are popular in good weather and in the summer. There is a high probability of collisions when people aren not paying attention.”
Sgt. Gary Segrue, station commander for the State Police in Jamestown, said that except for crashes involving animals, almost all motorcycle crashes are avoidable.
Segrue said that there is an increase in the number of motorcycles in the road because of the price increase in fuel. Since 2007, 832 more motorcycles have been registered in Chautauqua County and more than 450 new motorcycle licenses have been issued during that time as well.
State Police conduct motorcycle enforcement and education campaigns, Segrue said. “The main thing is just safety,” said Kachelmeyer, who also serves as a state motorcycle safety instructor.
Kachelmeyer estimates half of all drivers on a motorcycle do not have the proper license to ride. A lack of formal training, he added, contributes to many crashes each year.
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