Authorities Encourage Motorcycle Safety

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

With the recent nice weather, authorities say they've seen an increase in motorcycle traffic, but with that, they're also seeing more motorcycle accidents.

Authorities say one of the most important things for motorcycle drivers to remember is to not out-drive their ability.

They say before even getting on the bike, be sure to check safety features like lights.

Also, be sure to wear any safety gear that could protect you in case of an accident.

"They don't have that safety around them, that safety cushion that you a lot of times are afforded in a car, because you have the airbags, you have the seat-belt, you've got that structure around you. With a motorcycle, as fun as they are to be on, you don't have that safety factor," Lieutenant Mary Pfeifer with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Lieutenant Pfeifer also says it's a good idea to enroll in a motorcycle enrichment course.

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  • by Stephany Location: Parkersburg on Jun 25, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    How about the responsibilities of car drivers to take an extra second and watch for motorcycles?! Allow a biker more space, don't tailgate them or push them to ride faster and always look for a second one behind the first. Also, May was motorcycle awareness month which is a big deal- why didn't WTAP do a story on this?? Education is a very important factor for bikers as well as car drivers. Automobiles need to realize that motorcyclists are in a much more dangerous position than they are- give them some breathing room and have a little patience. Getting somewhere 2 minutes earlier isn't worth putting someone's life at risk. The people on those bikes have families, children, etc. They are human beings with lives, not something that is just in your way.
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