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Motorcycle wreck leaves 1 critical

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Bowen said Wolf was traveling south on Horn Springs Road when he stopped for other traffic at Hwy 70. When Wolf turned, Bowen indicated the man was unable to see the motorcycle traveling west on Hwy. 70 in the left lane due to a vehicle in the right lane turning onto Horn Springs Road.


In the past three motorcycle accidents in Lebanon, Bowen said a failure to yield on the part of a vehicle or a failure to see the motorcycle was the cause of the accident. He urged motorists to look twice, and pointed to signs placed throughout the city with the message Look twice, save a life.


Take that extra second, take that second look, Bowen said.


In April 2011, a motorcyclist was killed at the intersection of South Hartmann Drive and Leeville Pike and another motorcyclist was killed in April 2012 on Meadowlane Drive.


Bowen indicated in both instances, the driver of the other vehicle failed to see the motorcycle.


There is a nationwide trend of increased motorcycle fatalities, Bowen said.


As an added precaution, the LPD changed the uniforms of officers who are on motorcycles. Bowen said the traditional uniform was the same as officers in patrol cars, which was a dark blue uniform.


However, the department recently changed to a Polo-style shirt and reflective material on the uniform to make officers easier to see on motorcycles.


Weve changed those uniforms for our motorcycle officers to make them safer and weve gotten good feedback from citizens who have said they are much better, Bowen said.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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