Passenger safety on motorcycles

KIMT News 3 - It’s the season of joy rides for motorcyclists, but area police are sending out a warning to all passengers on the road.

There were two weekend motorcycle crashes in Freeborn County, and one of the incidents involved a father and son.

It happened as the motorcycle was traveling westbound on Interstate 90 and according to police reports, the driver lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the center median.

Because hundreds of people are injured or even die in motorcycle crashes each year, Clear Lake Police detective Ryan Eskildsen says that all motorcyclists need to be thinking of their safety while out on the roads.

“Obviously there’s no safety belt on a motorcycle,” he says. “There’s basically nothing pertaining to safety on a motorcycle, so your helmet is your best course of action to use as safety equipment.”

Seeing that Iowa is one of three states in the U.S. without a helmet law, this is purely a suggestion however, Eskildsen says that being cautious and wearing a helmet is one of the best and only ways to keep yourself protected on the road.

Minnesota law requires a passenger on a motorcycle be tall enough to reach the foot pegs.

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