Deputies step up efforts to keep motorcyclists safe

OWI enforcement grant allows deputies to increase enforcement, awareness
Deputies step up efforts to keep motorcyclists safe

Dane County sheriff’s deputies are stepping up efforts to keep motorcyclists safe through a grant with the Department of Transportation.

They will be adding deputies on the streets to make sure motorcyclists aren’t driving drunk.

The will also be at several local events through September to provide safety talks, literature and fatal-vision goggle demonstrations.

“As motorcycle ridership increases, we each need to take responsibility for becoming safer riders by seeking out rider education programs and riding safe, which means proper clothing and riding sober,” Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said in a release. “Riding safe, riding sober and being seen will decrease motorcycle crashes and move the state closer to zero deaths in Wisconsin.”

In 2012, the number of motorcycle and moped riders that were killed in traffic crashes jumped to a 20-plus-year record high in Wisconsin of 116, according to the release. Dane County has already had four fatal motorcycle crashes this year.