Boise Police said the driver of a pickup was traveling south on Cole Road, turning east onto Brentwood Drive, when a motorcycle crashed into the truck’s rear panel, according to preliminary evidence.

KBOI-TV news staff

In response to a rash of deadly motorcycle crashes this summer, the Boise Police Motorcycle Unit and Ada County Paramedics hosted a press conference Thursday to talk about motorcycle safety.

Over a 12-day period in late June and early July, Boise Police responded to five crashes in which a motorcyclist was killed. While the investigations remain ongoing, speed or lack of proper equipment are being investigated as possible factors, according to police.

This year alone there have been over 90 crashes in Ada County involving motorcycles.

Officers are reminding drivers to be on the lookout for motorcyclists and always look twice for them before entering highways.

“Motorcycles are not always easy to see, and sometimes they can be overlooked in traffic,” Boise Police Motorcycle Unit Sgt. Tom Fleming said in a press release. “As motorcyclists, it’s important that we follow the speed limit and stay out of people’s blind spots. If everyone works together, hopefully we can lower the number of car versus motorcycle crashes that result in death or serious injury.”

TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS

Fleming offers the following tips to motorcycle riders:

  • Always wear a helmet with protective eye gear or a face shield.
  • Always wear protective clothing such as leather pants, a jacket, boots and gloves. Consider wearing clothes with reflective markings on them to be more visible to other drivers.
  • Always follow the rules of the road and do not speed.
  • Always ride sober and make sure you are well rested and not drowsy when riding.
  • Ride defensively and never assume that other drivers can see you.
  • Always ride with headlights on and try to stay out of blind spots.
  • Before going on a ride, make sure that all of your equipment is working properly.

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