Law enforcement keeps close eye on motorcycle safety
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky—It is officially the last holiday weekend of summer and law enforcement is in full force. They say it is all in an effort to help keep everyone safe this weekend.
Their main message is to watch out, not just for you, but for the drivers around you as well.
Gus Halkais has been riding motorcycles since he was 16. But, he said safety is always on his mind.
"We're talking lives and that's what we are worried about. That's what our main concern should be. One's life can go just like that," said Halkais.
That is why Kentucky State Police Trooper Jay Thomas said he is stepping it up to help reduce motorcycle accidents on the road.
"For the public to be more aware of the motorcycles being out there, take a bit of extra caution before you make that left hand turn to make sure that you're not meeting a motorcycle that's oncoming," said Thomas.
Hopkinsville police officer Jason Barnes said it is so important for all drivers to be alert and aware of your surroundings.
"If you're on a motorcycle, you're open to all elements. In a car, if you have a crash, you're still susceptible to injury but not near as bad if you're on a motorcycle," said Barnes.
That is a scenario Halkais said he hopes to avoid.
"We ride together as a pack and it helps us because we look after each other and take the proper measurements, but a lot of folks don't," said Halkais.
It is a safety reminder everyone should take into consideration.
Four Rivers Harley Davidson Dealership is offering motorcycle safety classes to help educate all drivers. The classes are offered Thursday through Sunday.