State launches new campaign to prevent deadly motorcycle crashes

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MANCHESTER, Tenn. (WKRN) — It took Andrew Floied about a year to get back on his motorcycle. 

He broke his leg, arm, and fractured his hip after a driver ran a stop sign, knocking him off his bike in 2013. 

He spent three months in a wheelchair. 

“Moving from bed to wheelchair to get out and go outside or go to the restroom, whatever,  I had to have help with pretty much everything,” Floied said. 

Last year, there were 166 deadly motorcycle crashes in the state. 

That’s an increase from 134 in 2017, according to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

“When you hit a motorcyclist, you can easily end their lives because they’re not encaged or protected by an actual vehicle,” Floied said. “Their bodies are vulnerable.” 

THSO will work with law enforcement stepping up patrols in high-crash areas from May through September.

“Looking for people who are possibly speeding or just violating the law in regards to the motorcyclists,” said Arriale Tabson, public information officer for THSO. 

They’re also raising awareness through social media, urging drivers to pay attention.

“Check their mirrors, check them twice, give enough following distance,” Tabson said. 

Five years later, Floied now advocates for motorcycle safety.

“Pay attention, don’t drive distracted,” Floied said. 

It’s a message he hopes will prevent other bikers from going through the months of pain he lived through.

“Give them the respect on the road that you give every other vehicle,” Floied said. 

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