Police Officer Injured in Motorcycle Crash in Augusta, Georgia (GA)
AUGUSTA, GA- Wrdw.com writes that a crash took place in Richmond County this week between a police officer on a motorcycle and a car. The crash occurred in the morning.*
The deputy was injured in the wreck, and responders transported the victim to the Augusta University Hospital. The officer was heading northbound on Dean’s Road Bridge, and a driver carrying a trailer pulled out in front of him. The police officer’s injuries were not considered life-threatening. Police are still conducting the investigation.
Georgia has a strict helmet law for motorcyclists, which is helping to lower the number of motorcycle deaths in the state. Between 2016 and 2017, motorcycle deaths in the state declined by more than one-quarter. In 2016, there were 170 motorcyclist deaths as compared to 126 in 2017. The drop in motorcycle fatalities in Georgia was much more drastic than the decline seen nationally in the same time period. According to data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 5,251 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2016 as compared to 4,798 in 2017, which was a drop of just 8.6 percent.
Nineteen states have universal helmet laws that require anyone on a motorcycle to wear a helmet. Three states have no helmet law at all and permit anyone, regardless of age, to ride without a helmet. There are 28 states where helmet use is required only of younger motorcyclists and passengers. Georgia’s law requires every rider and passenger to have a helmet on. Helmets are the best way to reduce fatal crashes and lower the risk of death by around 37 percent, and the risk of a brain injury by 67 percent.
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