BETHLEHEM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Lanes have reopened after a fatal accident, and now many are calling for all drivers to be cautious while on the road.
The accident took place in the northbound lanes between Exit 22 and Exit 23. It’s the sixth motorcycle fatality in the Capital Region in 2016. The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but some other fatalities this year were caused when the driver of a car didn’t yield the right of way to a biker.
With tens of thousands of bikers headed to Americade for the weekend, many are calling for drivers to be aware.
“The driver gets ticketed with failure to yield right of way, and we have to bury someone we care about,” Andy Liuzzi, Pres. of American Bikers Aimed Towards Education, said.
Liuzzi lost two close friends to motorcycle accidents. He’s been fighting for Creto-Kade’s Law ever since, which is named after the friends he lost.
The law would increase penalties for drivers who cause serious injuries or death to another person while committing a moving violation.
“This could certainly at least make us feel that we’re valued a little higher than just another biker laying dead in the street,” Liuzzi said.
This weekend, 28,000 bikes and 40,000 people are expected at Americade in Lake George. It’s the world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle rally.
In April, a rider was killed in New Baltimore when a van pulled out in front of a bike to make a left hand turn.
Police said the same moving violation is to blame for the accident on Washington Avenue in Albany on May 26. The driver of a van pulled out in front of a motorcyclist to turn left onto Brevator Street. The driver hit and killed longtime paramedic Rich Beebe.
Later that same day, another motorcyclist was struck by a car on Albany Shaker Road in Colonie.
On the Thruway on Thursday, a motorcycle and tractor-trailer collided.
Liuzzi is warning all drivers to be aware of their surroundings.
“It’s huge,” he said. “It’s a horrible start to the season for motorcyclists. People just need to slow down and take their time.”
Creto-Kade’s Law passed in the New York State Senate, but it is still being considered in the NYS Assembly’s Committee on Transportation.