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Posted on: May 3, 2021

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Station Area:Temecula
Written Date:May 3, 2021Time:3:00 PM
Incident Date:Month of MayTime:N/A
Incident Location:The City of Temecula
Reporting Officer:Sergeant William Pratt
File Number(s):N/A


Details:

Temecula, Calif. — May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Southwest Station reminds drivers to check twice for motorcycles.

“It’s important for drivers to be aware of motorcycles in traffic and drive safely around them,” Sergeant Bill Pratt said. “Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable without the protection of a car surrounding them, which is why drivers must be mindful of those on two wheels.”

Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than vehicle occupants. In 2019, there were 474 motorcycle deaths on California roads.

To help protect you and your family, keep the following tips in mind while driving or riding:

Drivers

  • Always check twice for motorcycles, looking at all mirrors and blind spots
  • Motorcycle riders have the same rights to the road as other vehicles. Allow motorcycles to always use the full width of a lane
  • Never follow a motorcycle too closely. Always keep a safe distance
  • If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. The rider may have forgotten to turn the signal off. Be sure that the rider is turning before proceeding

Motorcyclists

  • Always wear a DOT compliant helmet. Learn how to identify a safe helmet that fits on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website
  • Wear appropriate gear like leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles and gloves. Consider adding reflective tape to your clothing to make it easier for other drivers to see you
  • Ride defensively. Don’t assume a driver can see you. Try staying out of a driver’s blind spot
  • Always keep your lights on, even during the day
  • Signal well in advance before changing lanes and watch for turning vehicles

Lastly, both drivers and riders should never drive/ride under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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