May 3, 2013
May marks Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to share the road.
“We’re seeing more and more motorcycles on the highways,” said Leanna Depue, chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s executive committee. “Drivers of all vehicles need to be extra attentive. A motorcycle is one of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Everyone needs to watch for motorcycles.”
According to the MSHP, from 2010-12, 276 motorcyclists were killed. Very often, drivers of cars and trucks don’t see motorcycles until the last second or sometimes not at all. Motorcycle operators have to anticipate the moves of other drivers and be extra cautious of road conditions and debris, Depue added.
“Motorcyclists have responsibilities, too,” she said. “They should follow the rules of the road, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted, and always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet and other protective gear.”
For more information about Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, go to saveMOlives.com or Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.