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Motorcycle Deaths Up Across Valley

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LAS VEGAS -- In recent days, three motorcyclists were killed in crashes. A motorcyclist died Thursday near the intersection of D Street and Lake Mead Blvd. Then, just hours later, another motorcyclist was killed after being hit by a car that ran a red light and took off.

There have been 24 deadly motorcycle crashes so far this year, a problem officers said is growing because of dangerous and distracted driving.

Larry Loyd, a motorcycle rider and safety instructor, takes no chances when out on valley roads. He records each and every ride and has seen drivers taking incredible risks to their safety and others.

"I actually had a person pull next to me a couple of months ago that was actually eating off a plate with a knife and fork," Loyd said.

In his experience, Loyd said most people flat out ignore Nevada's hands free cell phone requirements.

"It's very frustrating because I'm trying to do my part to be safe out there and I'm more worried about somebody else that might get hurt."

Distracted driving is a problem Metro Police try time and time again to fight.

"We can't assume that we're the only ones driving on the road," Metro Police Officer Jose Hernandez said. "Distractions are huge. When you're in the vehicle, remember you're driving a potential weapon."

Police say answering a text or phone call or even driving too close to others can have potentially deadly consequences.

"Anything that vehicle strikes, it's a recipe for disaster," Hernandez said.

Loyd teaches motorcycle safety courses at Henderson Harley. He said more motorcycle deaths on Valley streets only has renewed his need to keep others educated about the dangers of distracted driving.

"When this happens, it makes us want to work even harder," Loyd said.

But as the numbers of motorcycle deaths continue to climb, Loyd said he's always looking over his shoulder and wondering what his next ride will bring.

Metro Police said 79 people have died on valley roads so far in 2013. Hernandez said officers are trying to monitor a few problem intersections, but drivers need to take a role in their own safety as well.

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