Expert offers motorcycle safety tips
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(HealthDay News) — For many people, a long holiday weekend means a chance for a long motorcycle ride. But, do you know all you need to know about motorcycle safety?

“The feeling you get while riding is indescribable; however, it can change in the blink of an eye,” riding enthusiast and registered nurse, Carol Bullard, cautioned in a Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center news release.

Bullard, who also teaches a motorcycle safety class, offers these tips for motorcycle riders:

Run through “what if” scenarios before you ride. What if a vehicle is at an intersection blocking your path? What if a dog runs out in front of your motorcycle? What will you do?

Wear a helmet. Check its fit and make sure it meets proper U.S. Department of Transportation standards.

Wear protective clothing. Long pants and sleeves can minimize road rash from accidents, especially if they’re armored, made out of leather, or both. And they can protect against sunburn. Closed-toed, over-the-ankle shoes or boots can prevent injuries to feet and ankles, and reflective clothing can help drivers to see you.

Be cautious about road and weather conditions. Be especially careful when you encounter gravel or slick roads. Carry rain gear at all times.
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Whittier Police kick off motorcycle safety program
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The Whittier Police Department will conduct a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation throughout July, Whittier Police officials said in a press release.

The program will aim to lower deaths and injuries that result from motorcycle accidents.

“Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur,” officials said.

Officers will look for violations including driving under the influence, speeding, and illegal turns.

Motorcycle fatalities dropped 37% percent from 2008 to 2010, but grew by 23% in 2012, officials said.

Since 2011, there have been 87 injury and five fatal motorcycle crashes in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs.

“Drivers should be aware that motorcycle lane splitting is not illegal if done in a safe and prudent manner,” officials said.

Motorcyclists can seek training by calling 1-877-743-3411 or visiting www.ca-msp.org.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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