LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---It's that time of year when people are jumping on their motorcycles and enjoying the nice weather outside.
However, authorities say it can quickly take a wrong turn if riders aren't taking precautions.
Early Friday morning in Indiana, a motorcycle crash in Floyd County sent two people to the hospital.
Police say neither of the people were wearing helmets.
In Kentucky, former and current law enforcement officers are taking action to raise awareness across the state about how important helmets can be.
On Friday, KSP held a motorcycle awareness ride.
So far this year, law enforcement officers say a majority of the people killed in a motorcycle crash across Kentucky weren't wearing their helmets. It's why they say it's so critical to do this.
"Year to date, we've had 45 motorcycle fatalities. Of those 45, 33 were not wearing their helmets," says Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard.
Both Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard and even Lon Fields, formerly with KSP, have both had their close calls on a motorcycle.
Both were wearing helmets.
"And because of the equipment that I was wearing, the safety equipment, I felt it kept me from being seriously injured," says Lon Fields, a retired KSP Sergeant.
They're now asking other riders to be proactive and take precautions.
"I'm a big advocate for safety equipment: helmet, jacket, gloves, boots. I always say you dress for the crash, not for the ride," says Lon Fields.
Through the KSP motorcycle awareness event and ride, they're hoping to get that message out.
They are hoping this safety reminder may make a difference!
"If we could create an awareness so powerful that one person will wear their helmets, then I think we did our job," says Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard.
Authorities also used this event to encourage regular drivers on the roads to take precautions, by giving motorcycle riders plenty of room.
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