Columbus Police send strong safety message after 4 fatal motorcycle crashes

Sgt. Brooke Wilson with the Columbus Division of Police's Accident Investigation Unit said dangerous behavior on bikes needs to stop. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- To wear a Chrome Divas of Columbus vest, a rider has to know the safety rules of the road.

"All riders have taken the safety courses," said club director Annamarie Cherry.

Many of the members have been riding for years.

"You are always trying to be a better rider regardless of how many years you are riding," she said.

The Divas love biking and they also raise money for breast cancer research. And through all this, the group keeps safety as a top priority.

"I think we all had the experience of possibly, I don't know, laying the bike down," said Cherry.

When the crew found out four people had died in Central Ohio on motorcycles in just one week, they can only describe it as heartbreaking.

Sgt. Brooke Wilson with the Columbus Division of Police's Accident Investigation Unit said dangerous behavior on bikes needs to stop.

"We do have an alarming number of crashes that are related to people who are riding motorcycles like nobody has any business doing," said Sgt. Wilson.

In a social media post titled "Don't Ride Like A Jerk," he and the department worked to send a powerful safety message.

"I tried to figure out how to work that in to my discussion without honking everybody off at me, but it is I think a valid point, you know when you are riding a motorcycle you need to make sure that you were being a responsible rider," he said.

While he can't comment on the specific crashes, he said the problem can often be tied to inexperience.

"The numbers themselves necessarily aren't unusual, but having three in one day like we did last Thursday that was unusual, and I think that is what's got our attention now," he said.

The different crashes are under investigation by police and the sheriff's office.

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