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There were several fatal motorcycle accidents this weekend. Officials talk about how to stay safe on the road

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – There were two fatal motorcycle accidents in our region this weekend.

61-year-old Juanita Linton of Prairieville died after her motorcycle crashed into a car on I-10 near Siegen Lane, and 42-year-old Billy Ray Collins of Hammond hit a car in Livingston Parish.

There was also a fatal motorcycle crash in Lafourche Parish on Sunday.

All of these accidents occurred in May, which is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Scotty Drake, director of marketing and development for the motorcycle awareness campaign, says it is the responsibility of both parties to ensure motorcycles are safe on the road.

“We as motorcyclists do not abdicate our responsibility as defensive riders. So my advice to all motorcyclists is to keep your wits about you and watch out for motorists,” Drake said. “It is all too common at the scene of an accident where a motorist has the right of way over a motorcyclist. We hear the same thing. “Officer, I just didn’t see the motorcycle.”

According to Greg Fischer, the Public Information Officer for the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission said the best way to prevent motorcycle accidents is to exceed the speed limit.

“6,000 motorcyclists died nationwide in 2022, and Nitsa says 35% of those people were speeding,” Fischer said.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says all motorcyclists must wear high-visibility protective clothing and a DOT-compliant helmet.

“My main thing is their safety and that is not the case. We have more mobility, but that only goes so far,” Winzy added.

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