Sumter deputies reminding motorists to be aware of increased motorcycle traffic

In recognition of May being National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging all motorists to be aware of the increase in motorcycle traffic in the coming months.

The sheriff’s office said that motorcycle safety is a two-way street, so it’s important for both riders and those in multi-wheel vehicles to pay attention and work together keep everyone safe on the roadways.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are about 27 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and six times as likely to be injured.

Also, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, while all-terrain vehicles are not designed for highway use, more than 300 riders die in crashes on public roads annually.

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