State Police: unusually high number of motorcycle accidents


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — In recent weeks there have been multiple serious crashes involving motorcycles, including two Friday night.

While it’s typical to see an uptick in motorcycle crashes in the summer months, Rhode Island State Police say the number of accidents so far this year is unusually high.

The latest fatal crashes happened in Johnston, Providence, and North Kingstown.

“Motorcycles themselves are inherently dangerous.” Corporal John Gadrow is part of the Rhode Island State Police motorcycle unit.

As Eyewitness News previously reported, there were twice as many fatal motorcycle crashes between January and June of this year than there was last year.

Since June, there have been several other deadly crashes.

“Both the motorcyclists and the operators have to be vigilant when they’re driving. Drive defensively, not offensively, not aggressive” Corporal Gadrow said.

State police are imploring motorcyclists to take precautions such as wearing bright colors and reflective clothing like riding.

“Something along these lines will help increase the visibility of the operator,” Gadrow said.

While state law does not require motorcyclists over 21 years old to wear a helmet, Corporal Gadrow says it’s one of the easiest things to do to increase safety. “Seatbelts can save lives for motorists, and helmets can save lives for motorcyclists.”

Providence police do not believe the victim in Saturday morning’s crash was wearing a helmet.

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