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Motorcycle Safety

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Press Release Date: May 7, 2003    || Archived June 30, 2003
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is reminding motorists that warmer weather means an increase in motorcycle traffic. According to Illinois Department of Transportation statistics, the number of motorcycle fatalities have increased by more than 33 percent during the past two years, many of which involved the vehicle’s driver being unable to see the motorcyclist.
 
“Motorists should be aware of the increased presence of motorcycle riders and be prepared to share the road with them. By driving defensively, motorists and motorcyclists can prevent an unnecessary tragedy from occurring on Illinois roads,” said ISP Director Larry G. Trent.
 
The ISP offers the following safety tips for drivers and motorcycle riders:
 
Motorcyclists:
  • Always wear a helmet and other safety equipment such as gloves and heavy boots.
  • Drive defensively. Always assume that all vehicles cannot see you and could potentially turn in front of you. Be especially cautious and watchful at intersections.
  • Remember that alcohol and riding motorcycles do not mix.
  • Be especially careful when riding on wet roads. Remember you only have two wheels.
  • Obey all traffic laws, especially those relating to speeding and proper lane usage.
  • Keep up with the recommended maintenance on your motorcycle. Don't ride a bike with worn tires.
Motorists:
  • Be aware of the increased presence of motorcycle riders on roadways and at intersections.
  • Always drive defensively. Be watchful for the presence of motorcyclists at intersections.
  • Do not follow too closely.
Let’s make this summer a safe one for our friends and neighbors who enjoy riding motorcycles in Illinois.

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