Motorcycle safety starts with rider, extends to others
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Updated: Sunday, 09 Sep 2012, 9:42 PM EDT
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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – With the fall weather here motorcyclists and passenger vehicles will be sharing the road more than ever and Sgt. Bob Brewer from Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department said the key to staying safe is a simple one.

“Slow down. Speed is usually the biggest problem with any type of motor vehicle and they need to slow down and realize that motorists don’t see them as easily as you would a larger vehicle,” Brewer said.

New motorcyclist Jonathon Gillen said he’s learning the rules of the road from a motorcyclist’s point of view.

“One of the rules is to never assume you have the right away because cars are going to win no matter what with a motorcycle because you don’t have any safety restraints or anything like that,” Gillen said.

Motorcyclists may not have safety restraints, but Sgt. Brewer and Gillen both agree there is something every motorcyclists should do to stay safe on the road. Wear a helmet.

“It is very important. As a matter of fact the instructors tell you, don’t even touch a bike until you as least have a helmet on,” Gillen said.

“Oh it’s imperative. It’s imperative because it’s the only line of defense you have if you fall off a motorcycle,” Brewer said.

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