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Motorcycle crashes increase in Mid-Michigan

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(08/08/12) - There have been at least eight crashes involving motorcycles in the last two months in Mid-Michigan.

On Monday night, two people died in Bay County when the motorcycle they were on hit a tractor. There was also a crash Wednesday in Bridgeport Township.

Police say more caution is needed for all drivers to prevent crashes.

Richard Olszewski of Bridgeport Township was turning onto Fort Road Wednesday, when all of a sudden, a motorcycle hit his car.

"He came so fast, he hit me right in the side," Olszewski said.

Olszewski was not hurt. Police say he was wearing a pair of 3D glasses while he was driving.

The motorcycle driver, whose helmet came off during the crash, was injured.

"He was alert and conscious when he got here, talking to us. He is banged up a bit," said Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Navidonski.

Navidonski says he has been seeing more motorcycles in his township, and more motorcycle crashes. He believes there are few reasons for the increase.

"I think with the weather being as warm as it's been, with the helmet law going away, it appears to be that there are more cyclists on the road, the thing is again, ultimately, you have to drive defensively on a motorcycle," Navidonski said.

He adds drivers of the cars, trucks and SUV's have to realize, while the weather continues this way, motorcycles will be on the roads.

"There's a huge size difference, a huge weight difference, and everybody needs to watch out for these motorcycles," Navidonski said. "If you are not paying attention, you are looking in the rear view mirror, it only takes a second."

Investigators say the driver of the car will be getting some type of citation for causing Wednesday's crash in Bridgeport Township.

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