AUGUSTA, Maine — With summer in full swing and motorcycles out and about, state police are warning the public about motorcycle safety.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said 32 people died in motorcycle-related crashes in 2015, compared to six so far this year.

At this time in 2015, there were 10 motorcycle-related deaths.

According to a study group consisting of the Maine State Police, the Bureau of Highway Safety, the Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Maine Motorcycle Political Action Committee and the United Bikers of Maine, a high percentage of the crashes occurred during daylight hours and involved excessive speed and alcohol use or riders who weren’t wearing helmets.

The latest motorcycle death occurred in China last week when a Pennsylvania man pulled out in front of a vehicle on Route 3 and was struck. Leonard Huff, 73, of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, later died at an area hospital.

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