Ask the DOT: Driver takes motorcyclists to task
News from The Providence Journal:

Q: We know “motorcycles are everywhere,” just like we know 15 minutes can save you money on car insurance. But the fact that motorcycles are everywhere is the problem. Nothing wrong with motorcycles and many of the riders, but at least a third of them (if not more) feel that lanes and traffic laws don’t apply to them — they literally seem to be everywhere.

They may or may not show up in your rear-view mirror as they weave through traffic at speeds that are 10 to 20 or 30 mph faster than the prevailing speed. Next they are on your right and moving across your front bumper and you never knew they were there to begin with. Cars don’t do this.

So, why the same ad campaign every summer? Why not one reminding motorcycle riders to obey the traffic laws and that they have no special exemption from riding safely. The current campaign implies the opposite. Both parties have responsibility in keeping riders safe. But currently the [DOT] wants only drivers to take the safe approach.

Joe G.

A: Thank you for your comments, Joe. This is an important topic — 11 people died and more than 70 people were seriously injured last year in motorcycle-related crashes in Rhode Island. Nationally, the numbers jump into the thousands.

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