May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month
News from Florida Times-Union:

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Florida Highway Patrol wants those who drive cars and motorcycles to use caution and “share the road.

The Highway Patrol has some safety tips for drivers. • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width; never try to share a lane. Check for motorcycles in rearview and side mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections. Don’t tailgate – allow more distance when following a motorcycle.

Tips for motorcyclists include being alert and sober as well, and make sure to wear bright clothing to increase visibility. Plan the route in advance and coordinate it with other riders in a group. And wear appropriate gear.

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Motorcycle safety concern grows in warmer weather months
News from NBC Montana:

BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Montana Highway Patrol is warning drivers to be alert this time of year, because more motorcycles are hitting the road, and that means they respond to more crashes.

On Thursday afternoon, MHP troopers said a crash near Clarkston sent a motorcyclist to the hospital. The rider was not wearing a helmet.

Though injuries weren’t life-threatening, MHP said it serves as a reminder to take safety precautions.

According to the Montana Department of Transportation, motorcycle crashes made up 15 percent of the state’s fatal crashes, and around 6 percent of all injury crashes in 2012.

While those may seem like small numbers, MDT said motorcycles can be more dangerous than cars, and crashes are often fatal.

When the weather warms up in the spring, it only means one thing for Lee Williams — time to start up his bike.

“I’m not going to drive my truck except in the winter time, so I’m on my bike,” Williams said.

Many riders like him are swapping out four wheels for two this time of year, and with that, comes a whole new set of road rules.

“Make sure all the lights are working, make sure you can be heard, and if not heard seen for sure,” Williams said.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Doug Samuelson said one danger motorcyclists face is the road itself.

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