Updated 07/13/2012 03:04 PM
Police Launch Multi-Agency Traffic Detail
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — You may see more motorcycles on the road. In fact, thousands more, this weekend.
State Police said up to 25,000 bikers will travel through our region as they head up to the popular Canadian motorcycle rally in Port Dover.
"You'll see a big volume of motorcycles, specifically today," said David Martek, traffic supervisor with the State Police.
But with that means a greater chance for serious accidents and crashes. State Police joined up with six other police departments for a multi-agency detail, Friday.
"Coupled with the fact that we have so many motorcycle fatalities every spring, we had that recent tragedy on the 190, the three person fatal. So what we're going to have today is a blanket patrol, looking for motorcycle safety violations," Martek said.
On Friday, police targeted motorcyclists, whose bikes were not up to code. But they also kept an eye on motorists, who were violating basic safety laws, like speeding and aggressive driving.
"Cars that are getting too close to bikes, like we mentioned. If you're following him too close, it could be a serious consequence for him so we're out there looking for that," said Martek.
It wasn't too hard to spot the red flashing lights along the 33, 190, 290, 219, among other major highways.
Law enforcement officials said it isn't about the number of tickets that come in. They said it's more important that all drivers learn to share the road, and keep safety in mind.
Cheektowaga Police Captain Scott Pilot said, "We've had a lot of accidents recently with motorcycles, some ending tragically and some serious injury accidents."
"Everyone has seen the markers, whether it's a cross, whether it's flower, whether it's a memorial, there's too many of those on the road. So why we're out there? That's why," Martek added.
State Police plan to conduct numerous other motorcycle safety details this summer.