Motorcycle safety signs to be installed at W. Ashley intersection

Published: Jul. 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A new study shows motorcycle facilities in the United States has risen by about 9 percent, and a program coming Charleston encourages drivers to be extra cautious of motorcyclists.

The program called "Once Is Never Enough" or "ONE" which will be installed in 20 cities across the country this year.

One of the cities chosen is Charleston, and work gets underway Wednesday with crews installing four motorcycle safety signs at the intersection of Ashley River Road and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.  That intersection is among the hotspots for wrecks in the area.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 46 percent of all multi-vehicle crashes happen at intersections, where drivers don't give motorcyclists the right of way.

The recently-released study shows motorcycle fatalities are at an all-time high over the past decade.

Last year in South Carolina, there were 113 motorcycle fatalities in the first nine months, up from 102 deaths just one year earlier.

The ONE program is now in its fifth year. Motorcycle safety signs have been posted in 16 cities so far.

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