Motorcycle accidents double in Nez Perce and Latah Counties

LEWISTON, ID - Motorcycle accidents in Nez Perce and Latah Counties are double what they were a year ago... However that statistic is not as shocking when compared to years past.

According to Idaho Transportation Department Traffic Engineer Jared Hopkins, since January, law enforcement from both counties have responded to 21 collisions involving motorcycles. Hopkins said that from January to the end of August last year there were eleven reported accidents, which was lower than average due to several variables.

"Last year was I think a wetter year, and there's just not as many opportunities for people to get their bikes out and ride," said Hopkins.

Hopkins said that if the numbers stay on course for the current year, ITD expects the amount of crashes to be about average compared to recent years.