PennDOT, State Police, Motorcycle Community Join to Recognize Motorcycle …
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Harrisburg – In recognition of Governor Tom Corbett proclaiming May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today joined representatives of motorcycle riding and training communities, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), to kick off the awareness month.

“Both motorcycle fatalities and crashes dropped last year from the year before and overall crash fatalities are at historic lows,” Schoch said. “The continuing support of the riding community, along with legislation regarding motorcycle safety, provides important tools we can use to help ensure the safety and survivability of riders here in Pennsylvania.”

Adding their messages of support for safety and training for experienced and novice riders were PSP Commissioner Frank Noonan and representatives from the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education and the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP).

“One of the most difficult tasks of a state trooper is to inform a family member that a loved one was suddenly and tragically killed in a fatal crash,” Commissioner Noonan said. “Sadly, some of these crashes may have been prevented, had the driver exercised responsible driving practices. I encourage you to be properly licensed, know your driving capabilities, and most importantly, ride within your limitations and do your part to be safe when riding…………… continues on YourErie

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May is Motorcycle Safety Month
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Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to make the public aware of Motorcycle Safety Month.

Favorable weather seems to be an invitation to motorcyclists to go for a ride. It’s important for motorcyclists to take an active role in their safety. Please keep these suggestions in mind when you’re on the road:

Be visible. Motorists often have a hard time seeing you. Keep your headlight on, day or night. Use reflective strips/decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle. Be aware of other vehicle’s blind spots.

• Dress for safety. Wear a helmet and eye protection. Wear bright clothing. Wear thick or leather clothing for protection. Section 302.020 RSMo. states, in part, “Every person operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle or motortricycle, as defined in Section 301.010 RSMo., upon any highway of this state shall wear protective headgear at all times the vehicle is in motion. The protective headgear shall meet reasonable standards and specifications established by the director.”

• Think safety while riding. Give yourself space to react to other motorists’ actions. Use lane positioning to increase visibility. Watch for turning vehicles. Signal your next action in advance. Pretend you’re invisible and drive defensively.

• Know your bike. Get formal training and ta…………… continues on Daily Journal Online

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