Letter to the Editor – Aug. 8

Editor,
In 2010, 30 motorcyclists died on Wyoming highways, which was a significant increase from 13 deaths in 2009. With the onset of the Sturgis Rally, now is a good time to remind ourselves of some important facts. “Look Twice, Save a Life”
Most of the fatalities can be attributed to drinking and riding error. Eighty percent of 2010 fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Crook County Law Enforcement would like to encourage all motorists and other road users to safely “Look Twice,” and share the road with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make sure that they are visible to motorists and that they follow the rules of the road.
With more and more motorcyclist hitting the roads, all Crook County Law Enforcement Agencies would like all pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers of all vehicles to be extra attentive and make sure they “Look Twice, Save a Life”. A motorcyclist is one of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a vehicles blind spot. Everyone needs to diligently look for them before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
Motorcyclists have responsibilities too. Motorcyclists should obey traffic rules, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted, and always wear a DOT compliant helmet and other protective gear. Make yourselves visible to other motorists and “Always ride smart and sober.”
Together, motorists and motorcyclists can work together to keep each other and our roads safe for everyone. Crook County Law Enforcement encourages motorists and motorcyclists alike to commit to sharing the road in a collective effort to reduce motorcycle deaths and injuries across the state. Remember to “Look Twice, Save a Life!” Enjoy the motorcycle season by making it a safe one. Additional information about safe motorcycle riding can be found at www.nhtsa.gov.
Sheriff Steve J. Stahla, Crook County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Todd L. Fritz, Sundance Police Department
Chief Ed Robinson, Moorcroft Police Department
Chief Steve Couch, Hulett Police Department