State Patrol cracking down on motorcyclists
ANNA WALTERS - THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
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Following a rash of motorcycle crashes in Skagit and Whatcom counties, the Washington State Patrol is cracking down on motorcyclists who fail to follow state laws.
"If you're riding a motorcycle, the best advice that I could give is ride that motorcycle in accordance to law or expect to get a citation ... or expect to get it impounded if you don't have an endorsement," said State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary.
In the past 12 weeks, nine motorcyclists have died in Whatcom and Skagit Counties alone - a big number, considering the state as a whole usually averages about nine motorcycle fatalities per month, Leary said.
Over the next few months, troopers likely will issue more citations for violations known to kill motorcyclists, such as speeding, driving under the influence, aggressive driving and failure to wear an approved helmet.
The most recent motorcycle fatality in Whatcom County occurred Thursday, Oct. 23, when an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer veered off Loomis Trail Road and into a ditch.