On May 2, IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) issued a press release concerning motorcycle safety.
A few notable excerpts:
Starting today and throughout the rest of the riding season, motorists will be reminded to “Start Seeing Motorcycles” in an effort to help keep motorcyclists safe. Changing the driving habits of motorists and motorcyclists alike will help decrease the number of motorcycle fatalities and injuries in crashes. Motorcyclists are reminded to make sure that they are visible to motorists, and that they strictly follow the rules of the road.
IDOT also reminded motorcyclists of their responsibilities as well. They should obey traffic rules, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted, and always wear a DOT-approved helmet and other brightly colored protective gear.
Motorcycle fatalities accounted for 16 percent of total fatalities within Illinois in 2011. Statistics show a motorcyclist is more vulnerable than a passenger vehicle occupant in the event of a crash. Research from DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 39 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in traffic crashes.
The press release also contains a variety of safety tips for both motorists and motorcyclists.
The Start Seeing Motorcycles page with safety tips is at startseeingmotorcycles.org/safety_tips.asp
Past blog posts on motorcycle safety can be seen in the Motorcycle Rider Safety category.
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