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Motorycle safety checkpoints result in 92 traffic tickets

More than 80 motorcyclists and their vehicles were checked by specially-trained State Police motorcycle inspectors Wednesday evening on Gunville Road and on Main Street in Clarence. The two checkpoints resulted in the issuance of 92 traffic tickets for offenses that included helmet and equipment violations. One rider was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.

The state police checkpoints were linked to efforts to improve motorcycle safety and education efforts in Western New HYork. Spokesmen said that while it is only the start of motorcycle season there have been several motorcycle fatalities in Western New York.

The state Departmentof Motor Vehicles said 168 fatalities were linked to motorcycle crashes in 2011 statewide. Erie County saw 8 of those fatalities in 2011.