By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Three riders fainted in Monday’s heat, prompting Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson to remind motorcyclists of the importance of staying hydrated.
The chief said the temperature at The Weirs on Monday reached 97 degrees, in sharp contrast to the 45-degree temperatures a mere eight days earlier. Those who had trouble were in slow traffic, so were not seriously injured, he said, but drinking “good, plain water” can prevent fainting and more severe medical problems.
He noted that one rider refused treatment and got back on his motorcycle, then crashed.
Making his remarks during the daily press conference, Erickson said people normally should drink eight glasses of water each day but, during hot weather, should increase it to 12 glasses. “But not beer,” he said.
“If it’s hot and you stop sweating, call 911,” Erickson said. “You’re going into have heat stroke. Get into the shade and get some fluids.”
He also warned of troubling headaches or confusion as danger signs.
Jennifer Anderson of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association urged people to keep an eye on others around them in case someone is experiencing difficulty.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s today and tomorrow.
State Police Detective Sgt. David McCormack offered other safety advice for riders. Having attended a motorcycle training school, McCormack said most motorcycle accidents are caused by cars, so watching other vehicles and anticipating what they might do is important. In this area, it's also important to watch out for wildlife.
McCormack said there was a crash on Route 106 in Canterbury around midnight in which a vehicle crossed the centerline in front of a motorcycle. The vehicle sped off but police were able to locate it and subsequently charged the driver with operating while intoxicated. He said he believed the motorcyclist sustained a broken leg.
The state trooper who handled the accident was not available yesterday for further details on the crash.
Earlier, around 5 p.m., a Massachusetts-registered motorcycle collided with a deer on Roller Coaster Road. The rider sustained only minor injuries, but the deer did not survive.
McCormack warned those in automobiles to stay alert and avoid texting while driving, and not to follow too closely, as a motorcycle has to slow down in advance of stopping or turning. Anderson added that many riders downshift instead of using the brakes, so the brake light does not come on.
In other Motorcycle Week news, Anderson reported that the organizers of the Mae West Pet Run had set a goal of raising $10,000 for the New Hampshire Humane Society and, with more than 200 riders, they likely exceeded that goal.
She said the Covered Bridge Run will take place today, along with the return of the Hillclimb to Gunstock Mountain Resort, and tonight there will be a cake on the beach at the Naswa Resort, celebrating the 94th Motorcycle Week. There will be fireworks at 10 p.m.
Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association are joined by Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson and State Police Det. Sgt. David McCormack for yesterday's press conference. (Tom Caldwell/Laconia Daily Sun)
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