Concerns for motorcycle riders safety raised on The Dragon after

Concerns for motorcycle riders safety raised on The Dragon after fatal crash

Blount County, TN - By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Concerns are being raised about the safety of motorcycles after a man's body is discovered days after he was killed in a bike accident.

Blount County deputies found the body of Ray Seaton on Calderwood Highway Thursday. It's believed Seaton wrecked his motorcycle Sunday. Investigators say Seaton ran off the road, struck a pole, and fell 30 feet down the embankment. The Sheriff's Office believes speed was a factor and add the fatality did not happen along the stretch of Calderwood Highway better known as The Dragon.

The accident has motorcyclists concerned while riding on The Dragon.

"You wouldn't have low-sided if you weren't taking it to the extreme," said motorcyclist Alan from Daytona Beach, Fla.

A relief for Alan being able to walk away with just a scratched bike after he wiped out.

"I had a pace of about 85, went down to about 75 so that's pretty fast," he added.

So far this year a total of 27 motorcyclists have died in crashes statewide, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety.

For John and Vicky Ayers, The Dragon is just too risky. "To me when there's other people on the road and it's 30 mph, you can't be going 40 or 50 and trying to lay those bikes down to make a curve."

In fact, the Governor's Highway Safety Office suggests riding within your limits since speed cuts reaction time.

"You have to go slow and be very careful because they'll come over those yellow lines," said Ayers.

Others riding to make memories are taking precautions.

"You have to be alert for situations that are least expected like rocks on the road, grass, dirt, gravel," said Craig Cambria.

So that a thrilling ride doesn't turn into tragedy.

A helmet, eye wear and a daytime headlight are requirements for bikers in Tennessee.
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