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Keep an eye out for motorcycles

posted Mar 25, 2014, 9:27 AM by Charles Mitchell
After a long winter of cold temperatures and more than our share of snow, it will be nice to see one early sign of spring...warmer weather.  As the weather warms more people will be on the roads, and you can expect to see more people riding motorcycles. 
What you need to know:
In 2013, while Delaware saw a decrease in overall traffic fatalities, we experienced an increase in motorcycle deaths.  One of the contributing factors was the longer riding season, because of warmer than usual temperatures in the months of March and October. Consider this:
  • There have been 0 motorcycle fatalities in 2014 to date.
  • In 2013, 20 of the 100 traffic fatalities were motorcyclists (20%).  This is a slight increase from 2012, when there were 17 fatalities (15% of the total). 
  • Historically, riders aged 45-54 are over-represented in motorcycle fatalities and injuries.  In 2012 there was a spike in younger riders, with 25-34 year olds being over-represented in motorcycle fatalities (by more than 50%).
  • More than 90% of riders involved in motorcycle fatal or injury crashes are males. 
What you can do:

  • Whether you drive a car, or ride a motorcycle, we all must share the road.  Here are some tips to keep you, and the others around you, safe:

    For the motorist:  Be alert for motorcycles:
  • Always look twice before turning into traffic.
  • Be vigilant when changing lanes.
  • Always follow the posted speed limits.
  • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For the motorcyclist:  Ride smart
  • Have the proper endorsement on your drivers’ license.
  • Know your bike and how it handles under different conditions. 
  • Wear all appropriate safety gear. 
  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles. 
  • Be aware of blind spots. 
  • Use proper lane position.
  • Be alert for debris, wet surfaces, and uneven pavement.
  •  Always ride sober.
Share the Road.  Arrive Alive DE.
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