Maryland State Police Urge Caution for All Motorists and Safety Training for Riders
PIKESVILLE, Md. Warm weather brought hundreds of motorcyclists out on Maryland roads this weekend, but at least four did not return home yesterday, prompting a renewed call by State Police for proper training and careful driving by both automobile and motorcycle drivers.
At least four people were killed in motorcycle crashes just yesterday on Maryland roads.
Jean D. Patterson, 41, of Landover, was killed when she accelerated away from a trooper who had stopped her for speeding on I-270. As the trooper walked up to her, she sped away and then lost control of her motorcycle on the next ramp.
Kevin M. Davis, 27, of Middle River, died on the outer loop of I-695 near Philadelphia Road yesterday after losing control of his motorcycle while attempting to perform a stunt.
Two people were killed yesterday on I-97 near Benfield Road when the motorcycle they were riding at an apparent high speed crashed and ejected them. They are identified as Kevin C. Ross, Jr., 19, of Baltimore and Lora J. Burgess, 20, of Laurel.
Colonel Thomas E. Hutchins, Secretary of the Maryland Department of State Police, earlier this month had directed troopers to be aware of the coming increase in motorcycle traffic. Colonel Hutchins has directed increased enforcement efforts, as well as increased public awareness efforts for motorcyclists and automobile drivers. I urge motorcyclists to be sure they know how to safely operate and control their vehicle before heading out and I urge automobile drivers to be alert for motorcyclists as they drive, Colonel Hutchins said.
Colonel Hutchins recommends safety classes for motorcyclists, like those offered by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. More information can be found at
www.marylandmva.com. MVA reports there are more 225,918 licensed motorcyclists in Maryland.