Public safety officials urge motorcycle safety after series of deadly crashes

Posted at 12:51 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 15:09:03-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- After a series of deadly motorcycle crashes this month, the Utah Highway Patrol and other public safety organizations urge everyone on the road to travel safely.

"We encourage people that ride motorcycles [to] make sure you have the proper gear. Make sure you have the helmet. Make sure you got the protective pants and jacket. Even though it's hot outside, sometimes that jacket's gonna save you a lot of road rash and a lot of pain," said Sgt. Todd Royce, Utah Highway Patrol. "Be very careful."

So far in April, four motorcyle riders have died in Utah - including two public safety workers.

Rion Phillips, who worked for the Valley Emergency Communications Center, died April 7 after a car pulled in front of his motorcycle in Midvale.

On Friday afternoon, Millard County sheriff's deputy Brett Nelson and his wife were riding in southern Utah when something caused their bike to leave the road. Brett was pronounced dead at the scene.

Utah Highway Patrol officials remind drivers to watch out for motorcycles. They also encourage motorcyclists to keep practicing their riding skills, especially after a long winter.

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