May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

  Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicles on the roadway.
  Riders need to make themselves visible, and draw attention to themselves even if other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians may not be actively looking.
  Nearly half of all motorcycle crashes involve another motor vehicle. In approximately 40 percent of those crashes, the other vehicles were turning left while the motorcycles were going straight, passing or overtaking the vehicles.
  Motorcyclist should never ride while distracted.

 Helmets save lives –  All DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets sold in the United States meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218, the performance standard which establishes the minimum level of protection helmets must afford each user.
  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,829 motorcyclists in 2008. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 823 lives could have been saved.
  Helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41 percent for motorcycle passengers.
  For every 100 motorcycle riders killed in crashes while not wearing a helmets, 37 of them could have been saved had all 100 worn helmets.

Motorcyclist Conspicuity
 
*Wear brightly colored protective gear and a DOT-compliant helmet. Red, yellow, orange and white are highly visible and help a rider stand out.
  *Strategically use your lane position to see and be seen.
  * Use reflective tape and stickers to make you more visible to other motorists.
  * Use turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if you think no one will see them.
  * Combine hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to yourself.

 Motorists and Other Road Users “Share the Road” Checklist

 Motorists and other road users should:
  * Expect to see motorcycles at any time, and search aggressively for them.
  * Motorists and bicyclists should check their mirrors and blind spots before merging or changing lanes, especially in heavy traffic.  Pedestrians should stop and look left-right-left for traffic before they step off the curb.  A motorcycle can easily be hidden behind a car or truck.

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