Motorcycle deaths on the rise

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The summer riding season is here and that means more motorcycles are on the roadways.

Kentucky State Police are warning all drivers to be extra careful. They say we've already had a high number of motorcycle deaths this year.

As of Wednesday, there have been 23 motorcycle fatalities and 14 of those were not wearing a helmet.

As it stands now, only riders 21 and under are required to wear helmets. When the universal helmet law was repealed in 1998, motorcycle fatalities increased by more than 50%.

Last year, Kentucky experienced 2,109 motorcycle crashes resulting in 102 deaths.

"One life is one too many," said Sgt. David Jude with Kentucky State Police.

On Thursday, Sgt. Jude led a Motorcycle Safety Awareness Event from Kentucky State Police Headquarters in Frankfort.

"We want to raise awareness and let drivers know more motorcycles will be out on the roads with the warmer weather," Jude said.

Nearly half of all motorcycle crashes involve another motor vehicle and 40% of those crashes are caused by a motorist turning left in front of the motorcyclist.

Nationally, 46% of all motorcyclists killed in crashes were under the influence of alcohol.

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