A new report shows that motorcycle fatalities in Eastern Carolina are up 20 percent from this time last year.
It's a staggering number that troopers hope motorcyclists and others on the road will pay attention to and be more cautious.
NC Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Collins says some important safety tips are for motorcyclists to follow the speed limit, wear bright clothing so that they can be seen, and to ride alone in the lane, not next to eachother. He also says there are many bike safety courses that riders can take that can be really helpful.
Jeff Fichten, owner of Motorcycle Dreamz in Greenville, says he recently had a friend die in a motorcycle accident and he hopes riders will heed officials warnings and be very cautious.
He says sometimes people ride too fast, or inexperienced drivers get on a bike that is too big or fast for them and that can cause accidents.