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San Andreas, CA– May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the California Highway Patrol is reminding all motorists to safely share the road.

According to San Andreas CHP Spokesperson Jaime Castillo, Calaveras County sees an increasing number of motorcycle riders in May and throughout the summer months. With annual Mother’s Day events, Poker Runs and the Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jump, he says there is a definite increase in motorcycle traffic.

“We just want to remind everyone to share the road and look twice because a lot of motorcyclists are difficult to see,” said Castillo.

One of the main reasons motorcyclists are killed in accidents is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death.

“In 2010 the San Andreas area investigated 63 motorcycle collisions,” said Castillo. “Two of those were fatalities and 56 were injury collisions. So far for 2011, we’ve only had four motorcycle collisions, three of which were injury collisions. Hopefully we can keep those numbers down by everyone driving safely.”

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