Watch for motorcycles

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

As the end of the month approaches, area residents are reminded that the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety has declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. All motorists are asked to watch for motorcycles, and motorcyclists are encouraged to take steps to make themselves visible to drivers on area roadways.

"We're seeing more and more motorcycles on the highways," said Leanna Depue, Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety executive committee chair. "Drivers of all vehicles need to be extra attentive.

"A motorcycle is one of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a vehicle's blind spot," continued Depue. "Everyone needs to watch for motorcycles."

Often drivers of cars and trucks do not see motorcycles until the last second, if at all. A total of 276 motorcyclists were killed in crashes during the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.

"Motorcyclists have responsibilities too," said Depue. "They should follow the rules of the road, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted and always wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant helmet and other protective gear."

Motorcyclists must anticipate the moves of other drivers and be extra cautious of road conditions and debris.

Many experts also suggest motorcyclists complete training before taking to roadways. There are 29 training locations in Missouri. A list of training programs can be found on-line at www.mmsp.org.

For more information on Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

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