St. George Motorcycle Officer Transported to Hospital After Colliding with Vehicle

ST. GEORGE – A St. George motorcycle officer collided with a passenger vehicle at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street and 800 South today.

Officer Johnny Heppler said the officer was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center as a precaution, but he did not appear to be critically injured.

Heppler said the officer was travelling the speed limit going southbound on Main Street when a silver Volkswagen turned in front of the motorcycle. Heppler said the officer was not in a pursuit or attempting to pull anyone over at the time of the accident. The officer was wearing his helmet and other protective gear.

The driver of the Volkswagen was cited for failure to yield.

A motorcycle accident on May 12 on Red Cliffs Drive claimed the life of a St. George man. Sgt. Craig Harding said in a previous interview with St. George News that the police department has become alarmed at the number of motorcycle accidents recently.

“We need to look twice for motorcycles,” he said. “The general rise in motorcycle and scooter accidents is alarming to us. We need to have better educated drivers. Motorists need to be much more attentive to motorcycles, scooters and bicycles.”

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  • shawn May 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Riding a motorcycle in this town is taking your life and putting it in other peoples hands. I can not tell you how many time I’ve about been hit by people just not paying attention. Pull your head out of your butt and pay attention to the road. Follow the dotted line and look before you change lanes its not hard.

  • Andrew August 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I agree that drivers of other vehicles need to be much more aware of motorcycles and scooters on the roads, but as a long time rider, I can honestly say that many of the near misses that I’ve experienced over the years could have just as easily been dealt with, with more attentive riding by me. Riding a motorcycle is a risky activity no matter where you live. You have to weigh the pro’s with the cons and then decide if it’s worth it. Riding safely and responsibly requires an amazing amount of concentration and focus, and if you’re distracted or tired even a little, you shouldn’t be riding. I’ve found that with the proper mind-set, riding style, focus, experience, and pre-planning, I’ve been able to keep myself out of a lot of trouble, and safe for a lot of years. I don’t just think “Ride like everyone else on the road is trying to hit you!” is a funny saying. I LIVE BY IT!

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