Baden-Württemberg: Number of motorcycle accidents increases by 15.2 percent

Motorcyclists don't have any protective metal around them - that makes biking a very dangerous hobby.

Baden-Württemberg: Number of motorcycle accidents increases by 15.2 percent

Motorcyclists don't have any protective metal around them - that makes biking a very dangerous hobby. The number of accidents and injuries in the south-west is increasing.

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - The number of motorcycle accidents in the southwest has recently increased significantly. In the first half of the year, 2055 accidents occurred - 15.2 percent more than in the same period last year, as the German Press Agency learned from the Ministry of the Interior. 1121 accidents were caused by motorcyclists themselves - but this number only increased by 3.4 percent. According to the ministry, people involved were injured in four out of five accidents. 23 motorcyclists died in the accidents in the first half of the year. In the same period last year there were 31. 545 motorcyclists and passengers were seriously injured, 1.1 percent more than in the first half of 2021. 1142 motorcyclists and passengers were slightly injured, 16.3 percent more than in the same period last year.

"Almost 26 percent fewer motorcyclists killed make it clear that the concepts for avoiding fatal motorcycle accidents are working," commented Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) on the statistics. The police checked more than 5,500 motorcyclists during the first nationwide motorcycle campaign in May. Strobl assured that the prevention work would be continued and the pressure to be controlled would be maintained. "More than 2,000 motorcycle accidents in the first six months are too many, and the number of people seriously injured is unfortunately still high. We won't give up."

According to the ministry, more than 12,300 motorcycles were checked in around 750 control actions in the first half of 2022. More than 3700 violations were identified. Violations due to technical defects are in first place. "What we cannot let go are technically manipulated motorcycles," Strobl told dpa. "Especially when changes are made to exhaust systems, we take targeted action against motorcycle users with excessively loud machines. The police also check whether the motorcycles can be shut down on site - illegal tuners often get more than a fine from this." Speed ​​violations were reported in around 1050 cases.

The ministry announced that it intends to stick to the five-point plan to reduce motorcycle accidents: the defusing of dangerous routes, strict monitoring, technology check offers, raising awareness of the dangers among bikers "over 50" and offensive public relations.

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