Safety tips for Motorcycle Awareness Month
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Stay alert on the road, especially for two wheels. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, so always look twice for a motorcycle. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — As May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month for Indiana, proclaimed by Gov. Mike Pence, it is good habit to remember motorcyclists are out on the roadway. ISP said make sure to share the road and practice safe driving habits.

Indiana State Police said many serious and fatal crashes occur when motorists turn in front of motorcyclists. Troopers said make sure to stay alert, especially at intersections and while making turns and lane changes.

Studies indicate that in multiple-vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcyclists’ right-of-way and caused the collision in two-thirds of those crashes.

Troopers said it is difficult to time the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle. Before you drive through an intersection or make a left turn, check the position of oncoming motorcycles at least two or three times.

Statistics show that multiple-vehicle crashes account for approximately 75 percent of all motorcycle accidents.

ISP urges riders to wear helmets. They said it could save your life. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, 151 motorcycle fatalities occurred in Indiana during 2012. Of those fatalities, 122 people were not we…………… continues on

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Spring puts motorcycle safety in spotlight
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TAHLEQUAH — As the season moves toward summer, many motorcycle enthusiasts are pulling their bikes out for a leisurely ride through the countryside, with little more than the road beneath them and the skies above.

Safety experts have long been touting the importance of “sharing the road” with motorcyclists – especially each May, during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Sharing amongst drivers of all vehicles is a notion Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers stress every year.

Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the road, but must also have the same responsibilities and follow the same laws as other drivers, said Trooper David Kelley, an OHP law enforcement liaison with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.

“Always watch the other drivers, and assume they are not watching you,” Kelley suggested. “Leave yourself an out and be prepared for any situation.”

Kelley said motorcyclists should try to make eye contact with other drivers. Using turn signals is also important.

“Cover your brakes,” said Kelley. “This does not mean ride the brakes, just have your hand and foot on them in case you need them. Make this a habit and you will greatly increase your chances of getting out of a bad situation.”

When traveling 60 mph, vehicles are covering more than 80 feet of roadway per second, Kelley said. Paying attention…………… continues on Tahlequah Daily Press

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