State Police Urging Motorists to be aware of Motorcyclists on the Roads

April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM EDT

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April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM EDT

Motorcyclists are eager to get their bikes out on the road after a long winter in the garage.

"Usually in this area we have some accidents in the beginning of the year," said Lieutenant David Denz. "It's a matter of the public getting used to the motorcycles being on the road and the operators using their motorcycles."

One of those accidents happened Saturday. Ryan Hudson, 25, remains in critical condition after a crash cut his bike in half.

State Police say motorists must be alert while on the road meaning no texting, talking, or eating while behind the wheel.

Also, motorcyclists need to take proper precautions to protect themselves. Wearing a helmet is required by New York State Law. Also, police suggest motorcyclists have their bikes inspected before they hit the ground for the season.

"Inspect your tires and mostly once you are out there slow down, " said Lieutenant Denz.

Most importantly, never drive under the influence.