Warm day brings motorcyclists out, warnings to be alert on the road

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William Sullivan said he won’t forget the day he crashed his motorcycle. He was 19.

“I was just going too fast and it was my own fault,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan isn’t alone.

Monday, at least two motorcycle accidents happened in the city; one at East Main and Akron, the other on Burley road and Lake Avenue.

In both cases, they involved a motorcycle car collision.

Gates Police said this time of year requires everyone to be on alert as more motorcyclists hit the road.

“We definitely see an increase in motorcycle traffic around this time,” Sgt. James Coughlin said.

More traffic means more accidents. Last August alone, there were three motorcycle fatalities in Monroe County.

“Make sure you’re attentive because if you rear end a motorcycle, it’s going to cause damage and possible injury,” Coughlin said.

Sullivan said he learned and now takes extra precautions.

“You have to really be aware of your surroundings. You have to contemplate what the guy’s going to do if he’s waiting to turn left. Is he going to wait?”

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