Cycle Pro Speaks of Little Known Hazard
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - A Paducah motorcycle professional has shared facts about a little known hazard that can be deadly to those riding motorcycles.

Trent Willett, with Four Rivers Harley Davidson in Paducah, told West Kentucky Star, that grass clippings blown into a street can cause serious accidents for motorcyclists.

Willett explained that "a motorcycle only has about two inches of rubber on the road for each tire, compared with much larger tires on a car, not to mention four instead of two." He said "with such a small amount of tread, even something as small as grass clippings can cause a loss of control for a motorcycle, resulting in possible disastrous outcomes."

He also said that most people don't realize the problem of blowing grass clippings into the street, and he hopes to educate them on this fact. He said that was something he had done himself and never thought anything about it, until he became a motorcycle rider.

Willett also said other hazards similar to grass clippings are leaves being blown into the street, (usually in the fall of the year), and grain that spills onto roads from grain trucks.

There is a petition with over 9,000 signatures asking for a state law to not allow grass clippings to be blown into a road. It was started after the Saturday death of Robert Aaron Lee, who died in a Marshall County accident. Friends of Lee say he lost control of his bike after coming upon grass clippings in the road. A similar petition started by a Campbellsville man last year got over 30,000 signatures and was sent to Governor Matt Bevin.

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Published 03:27 PM, Tuesday Apr. 09, 2019
Updated 08:21 PM, Wednesday Apr. 10, 2019

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