LITCHFIELD – The Illinois State Police would like to remind the motoring public to start seeing motorcycles.
With the warmer weather finally here, the number of motorcycles on roads will rapidly increase. Last year Illinois State Police District 18 troopers handled several crashes involving motorcycles. Four of those motorcycle crashes resulted in five fatalities. Over the last three years motorcycle fatalities have continued to rise statewide. Motorcycles are typically overlooked by motorists because of their smaller size and other distractions from inside the car. However, not all motorcycle crashes are caused by other motorists. The following safety tips can help reduce the amount of crashes involving them:
- Those operating a motorcycle should remember to ride with caution. Assume that not every motorist will see you. Make sure you see them and you have escape routes in case evasive action is required.
- Ride with your headlight on and never tailgate other vehicles, or ride in their blind spots.
- Always wear bright or reflective clothing, especially at night.
- Intersections are common areas for motorcycle crashes. Use extreme caution when going through them.
- Do not take risks just because the motorcycle can accelerate faster than a car. Never weave in and out of traffic, attempt stunts while riding, or drink and drive.
For information, visit http://www.startseeingmotorcycles.org/default.asp.