State Police Target Motorcycles - Set Up Checkpoints

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 8:17pm.

As the Lake George Americade extravaganza approaches and with motorcycle fatalities on the rise, State Police are putting the brakes on bikers who break the rules, starting today with a Northway checkpoint.

An electronic billboard will direct motorcyclists to exit at the Northway rest area just before Exit 18 in the Glens Falls area, beginning at 2:30 p.m. There, troopers will inspect helmets, tires, exhausts, inspection stickers, lighting and the bikers' motorcycle license.

The checkpoint will last a few hours and be repeated next weekend as those attending Americade leave for home, said Major William Sprague of Troop G in Loudonville.

Sprague cited an "alarming trend" in fatalities. In New York, deaths from motorcycle accidents jumped 29 percent from 2004 to 2006 "at a time when we were experiencing record low fatalities in other motor vehicle accidents," Sprague said at a news conference this morning.

In 2005, total motor vehicle fatalies numbered 1,410 in the state. The following year, it increased to 1,433. Had it not been for motorcycle fatalities included in that 2006 number, the state would have had another record low, Sprague said.

Carol DeMare - May 29, 2008 - posted at

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 8:17pm.