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Every day you probably see one motorcyclist driving next to you on the road, but have you ever wondered if that person will be the next victim of a fatal motorcycle crash in Atlanta? Sadly, Georgia motorcycle fatalities are on the rise, as the fatal crash rate increased from 2000 to 2006 by 60.8 percent, according to the Deputy Commissioner.
The increase in motorcycle fatalities is partly due to the fact that motorcycle ownership is at an all-time high. The CDC also has indicated that motorcycle-related deaths are increasing; 5,290 people were killed in motorcycle crashes nationwide in 2008.
Because Georgia has seen an increase in fatal motorcycle accidents, the Georgia Department of Public Safety started operating safety checkpoints across the state this year.
How do the checkpoints work?
The safety checkpoints will be along the interstates at inspection stations where officers and state troopers will inspect the motorcycle to make sure it is in good condition and that the motorcycle operator has the proper class of license to drive it. They will also check to see if the driver has a valid tag and a federal DOT-approved motorcycle helmet.
The motorcycle riders will be directed by portable signs to exit the highway and go through the inspection. Police indicate that the inspection should take approximately a minute if the rider has the proper license and equipment.
These inspections may help minimize Georgia motorcycle fatalities and make travel safer for motorcyclists across the state.
If you have been injured in an Atlanta motorcycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a Georgia motorcycle crash, you need to know your rights