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Report: Motorcycle deaths in Massachusetts increased so far in 2021

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Report: Motorcycle deaths in Massachusetts increased so far in 2021

(WWLP) — Between January and mid-July of 2021, according to state officials, there had been 11 motorcycle deaths in western Massachusetts and 37 statewide. Data released by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation showed at least four motorcycle deaths in July alone.

Those 37 motorcycle deaths in the first half of 2021 represented an increase of 31 percent from the previous five years. What’s more, Mass.gov says automobile drivers, not motorcyclists, are responsible for more than two-thirds of car-motorcycle crashes. Many times, drivers don’t see the motorcyclist until it’s too late to avoid a crash.

Check out the stats for the first half of the year in Western Massachusetts:

Berkshire County

  1. June 7, 10:54 a.m. (Male Operator) East St. + Newell St., Pittsfield
  2. May 20, 11:31 p.m. (Male Operator) 213 Main St., Williamstown
  3. April 24, 1:00 p.m. (Male Operator) Government Dr., Pittsfield
  4. April 19, 12:40 p.m. (Male Operator) Curran Memorial Hwy. + South State St., North Adams

Hampden County

  1. July 23, 12:05 p.m. (Operator unknown) I-91 SOUTH, MM 8.3, Chicopee
  2. April 10, 10:16 p.m. (Male Operator) 361 Miller St. WEST + Cislak Dr., Ludlow

Hampshire County

  1. June 5, 1:15 a.m. (Male Operator) Pantry Rd. + Mountain Rd., Hatfield
  2. May 15, 2:09 p.m. (Male Operator) SR-9 + Enoch Sanford Rd., Belchertown
  3. April 14, 8:22 p.m. (Male Operator) 102 Amherst Rd., Belchertown

Franklin County

  1. June 6, 8:26 p.m. (Male Operator) 153 Millers Falls Rd., Northfield
  2. May 23, 4:51 p.m. (Male Operator) 97 Cave Hill Rd., Leverett

Motorcycle fatalities in Central and Eastern Massachusetts

  1. July 24, 2:09 a.m. (Male Operator) 75 Dorchester St., Quincy
  2. July 15, 7:17 p.m. (Male Operator) 64 Andover St., Danvers
  3. July 15, 6:07 a.m. (Male Operator) Mill St. + County St., New Bedford
  4. June 30, 5:33 p.m. (Male Operator) 348 Central St., Franklin
  5. June 28, 8:46 p.m. (Male Operator) 1317 Washington St., Stoughton
  6. June 28, 8:46 p.m. (Male Passenger) 1317 Washington St., Stoughton
  7. June 26, 8:15 p.m. (Male Operator) Fort Ave., south of Winter Island Rd., Salem
  8. June 22, 12:29 p.m. (Male Operator) I-90 EAST, MM 131.0, Boston
  9. June 21, 7:58 p.m. (Male Operator) SR-20, east of I-495, Marlborough
  10. June 19, 4:15 p.m. (Male Operator) East Broadway + N St., Boston
  11. June 12, 12:00 a.m. (Male Operator) Eastern Ave. + County St., Fall River
  12. June 6, 12:00 a.m. (Female Passenger) 2344 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford
  13. June 1, 4:30 p.m. (Male Operator) 53 Catacunemaug Rd., Shirley
  14. May 16, 5:28 p.m. (Male Operator) Boylston St. + Brunswick St., Lowell
  15. May 15, 7:34 p.m. (Male Operator) Pleasant St. + Varley Rd., Marlborough
  16. May 13, 7:14 p.m. (Male Operator) Broadway St. + Fletcher St., Lowell
  17. May 12, 12:00 a.m. (Male Operator) 70 Grove St., North Brookfield
  18. May 11, 9:48 p.m. (Male Operator) 50 Main St., Medway
  19. May 8, 9:00 p.m. (Male Operator) 5 Maple St., Norton
  20. May 1, 11:43 a.m. (Male Operator) SR-28 + County Rd., Rochester
  21. April 28, 1:09 a.m. (Male Operator) I-93 NORTH, EXIT 38, Wilmington
  22. April 22, 12:43 p.m. (Male Operator) Main St. (SR-228) + Middle St. + Short St., Hingham
  23. April 11, 6:41 a.m. (Male Operator) 12 Huntoon Memorial Hwy., Leicester
  24. April 2, 8:17 p.m. (Male Operator) Elm St. + Bridge St., Templeton
  25. March 21, 12:43 p.m. (Male Operator) 94 Main St. + Baker St., Kingston
  26. March 12, 6:49 p.m. (Male Operator) Arborway + South St., Boston

Advice to drivers

Motorcycles can be easy to miss. They are more difficult to spot than cars because of their smaller profiles, and drivers are conditioned to look for other cars, not motorcyclists. Traffic, weather, and road conditions require motorcyclists to react differently than drivers, so it’s often hard to judge or predict when a rider may swerve.

Know when crashes are likely to occur and be aware of motorcyclists. You’re more likely to be involved in an accident with a motorcycle when a biker is in your blind spot, especially when you’re making a left turn in front of them. This means that you, as a driver, must always be hyperaware of your surroundings. The safety saying goes, “Check twice, save a life.”

Plus, there are hazardous road conditions. Your line of sight may be blocked by sport utility vehicles, delivery vans, and large trucks. Potholes, wet leaves, railroad tracks, or other obstructions may force a biker to act unexpectedly. Even so, as the driver of a car, you should drive defensively.

Motorcyclists have the same privileges as other drivers. Give motorcycles the full lane of travel, and especially keep an eye out for them at intersections and on highways. Don’t follow motorcycles too closely, and try to anticipate a motorcyclist’s maneuvers. For example, if you see a piece of debris in the road that your vehicle easily plows over or through, be aware that it can be deadly if hit by a motorcycle rider. You can probably expect the motorcyclist to evade the debris. Allow enough room for them to take such evasive actions.

Advice to motorcyclists

Don’t assume you are visible to a driver. As a motorcyclist, it is your responsibility to make your presence known to drivers. Select and wear an appropriate helmet with retroreflective materials. A helmet is your most valuable piece of protective gear and should be visible to drivers. Wear bright, contrasting protective clothing. If you wear dark clothing, wear a fluorescent vest.

Use headlights while riding on the highway, and use high beams rather than low beams. Also, consider a modulating headlight.

Proper lane position is also important. It helps drivers see you and protects your riding space. Remember, if
you can see a driver in the side-view mirror, the driver can see you. Don’t “hide” in a driver’s blind spot,
and always signal before making a move. For safety’s sake, “lane splitting”—or weaving between lanes—should always be avoided, even if it’s legal where you are.

Remember, there is no one safe place to ride. Use lane positioning to be seen and to provide extra space
for emergency braking situations or avoidance maneuvers. Never share a lane with a car. Drivers may not
expect you alongside their cars and may not be aware of your presence.

You are more likely to be involved in an accident when a car is making a left turn in front of you or you’re in a driver’s blind spot. Drivers may not know you’re there, and sometimes fail to check their blind spots before changing lanes or making a turn.

Road conditions also pose hazards. Potholes, wet leaves, railroad tracks, and other road obstructions may force you to make a move a driver does not anticipate. If a driver can’t see you, they can’t avoid you, so beware of sport utility vehicles, delivery vans, and large trucks that block you from being seen by other drivers.

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Jazz snap Nuggets’ two-game winning streak, spoil Nikola Jokic’s 9th triple-double

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Rested and ready, the Jazz showed out.

Having not played a game since Wednesday, Utah had the finishing fourth-quarter kick to seize Sunday’s contest, 125-102. The Nuggets, playing their third game in four nights, didn’t have the legs to keep up.

While Donovan Mitchell rained in four 3-pointers and sliced through Denver’s defense, his supporting cast of Rudy Gobert and Bojan Bogdanovic more than held their own. Mitchell paced Utah with 31 points, and Gobert added 18 points and 19 rebounds.

The Jazz outscored the Nuggets, 34-14, in the fourth quarter to render Nikola Jokic’s ninth triple-double of the season meaningless. With 25 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists, Jokic exited the game tied with Russell Westbrook for the NBA lead in triple-doubles. Not that it mattered to the reigning MVP, whose displeasure and frustration was obvious throughout the night.

Aaron Gordon helped combat waves of Utah’s production with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Bones Hyland offered 13 points off the bench, but on just 5-of-14 shooting.

Utah’s bench outscored Denver’s 36-24, exposing the depth and the difference between both teams at the halfway mark of the season.

The Nuggets fell to 22-20 on the season and snapped a two-game win streak. They’ll be back at it on Wednesday against the Clippers.

The Jazz cruised to a 73-60 lead to open the third quarter, threatening to bust the game wide open. But the Nuggets responded with a 20-7 run of their own, fueled by an aggressive, attacking mindset and a connected defense. Will Barton and Gordon were at the center of the charge.

If it wasn’t Barton playing downhill, finishing inside and getting to the line, then it was Gordon cleaning up on the glass. Jokic, who secured his second triple-double in as many games late in the third quarter, did his part in facilitating the comeback. The 30-23 quarter sawed away Utah’s double-digit lead, and the Nuggets entered the fourth down just 91-88.

Entering Sunday’s contest, the Nuggets had logged back-to-back games of 20+ 3-pointers for the first time in franchise history.

“It’s not just the threes that we’re making, but what kind of shots are we generating?” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, praising their ability to find corner 3-pointers.

““I think the other important part of that is how we’re getting those,” Malone said. “I think the ball movement, 35 assists in back-to-back games, is an incredible number.”

One of the primary reasons for their long-range assault has been Hyland. Following a recent rut, Malone chatted with his precocious rookie and encouraged him to be himself. But he also wanted him to find a balance between blowing kisses to the crowd and going silent when the game turned sideways for him.

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Police: Man, dog shot in south St. Louis County

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Detectives and animal control officers are investigating a shooting in south St. Louis County that left a man and dog injured.

According to a county police spokesperson, the shooting happened around 3:25 p.m. in the 600 block of Greenhurst Court. Officers arrived to find an adult male and a dog with multiple gunshot wounds.

The man was rushed to a local hospital. There’s been no additional update on his condition.

There’s no word on the dog, either.

This is a developing story. FOX 2 will have more information when it becomes available.

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Ticker: Netflix upping US, Canada prices; DirecTV to drop OAN 

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Netflix is raising prices for its video streaming customers in the U.S. and Canada, less than a year and a half since its last price increase.

The Los Gatos, Calif., company said that prices are going up by $1 to $2, depending on the plan. The “standard” plan that most people take is increasing by $1.50, to $15.50. The Canadian version is going up by the same amount in local currency, to $16.50 Canadian dollars.

Price increases are becoming more of a regular feature at Netflix, which is facing saturation in the U.S. market. Of Netflix’s 213.5 million subscribers, some 74 million are in the U.S. and Canada. It got an influx of global subscribers early in the pandemic, but is investing in video games as it looks beyond movies and TV for growth.

In the U.S., Netflix’s most expensive plan is increasing by $2, to $20; its basic plan is up $1, to $10. The plans vary based on variables like the number of screens users can watch Netflix on at the same time and the number of phones or tablets that can have downloads.

DirecTV to drop OAN 

DirecTV plans to drop One America News Network, significantly shrinking the reach of the right-wing TV channel friendly to Donald Trump.

The satellite television provider said over the weekend that it has informed OAN’s owner, Herring Networks Inc., that it will no longer carry its two channels when their contract expires. The other, AWA, is a lifestyle channel. The decision is believed to remove OAN from millions of homes.

“We informed Herring Networks that, following a routine internal review, we do not plan to enter into a new contract when our current agreement expires,” a DirecTV spokesman said in an emailed statement.

 

 

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