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Friday, May 18, 2012

Motorcycle Safety - An Important Topic

Motorcycle Safety - An Important Topic

In the wake of another early riding season of tragic crashes, the State Police caution all on the road to drive smart and safe.

Major Christopher L. Cummings
Troop A Commander

 May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and it normally coincides with the arrival of warmer weather that sees a dramatic increase in motorcycles on the road, announced Major Christopher L. Cummings, Troop “A” Commander.

As the number of motorcycles on the road increases, so does the potential for crashes. The problem is multiplied by many factors with the following being the most prevalent: most riders have not taken their bike out on the road since last season and people are not accustomed to sharing the road with the less visible motorcycle rider, new riders lack experience, and some riders, both new and seasoned, do not respect the speed and power of the motorcycle they have under them and sometimes exceed the traffic laws in place for everyone’s safety.

The year 2011 saw multiple fatal motorcycle crashes in Western New York.  2012 has seen a number of bikes that have already taken to the road and unfortunately we have seen a number of deaths. The traumatic after effects that accompany these tragic crashes are the reason for promoting increased awareness. 

Major Cummings makes the following suggestions:

“Riders, how should you prepare for this year's riding season? First, ensure your personal protective equipment is in good condition; second, make sure your bike is in good condition, and third, and perhaps the most important point – do not over drive your ability or neglect the rules of the road.

“Be alert that you are not as visible to others as they appear to you, be defensive minded, and anticipate and be prepared to react to any sudden emergency situation.

“Non-riders, how should you prepare for this year’s riding season? All drivers need to take that critical extra second to look before entering the roadway, crossing intersections, or changing lanes. No one wants to live with the memory that they caused a fatal crash”.

So far this year, the fatal crashes in Western New York involving motorcycles have involved mainly operator error. Speed and poor decision making have produced fatal results. The State Police are committed to promoting safe driving through education and enforcement efforts. Keep your mind on the road: drive smart and drive safe.

“The State Police will be focusing this summer on motorcycle safety utilizing motorcycle safety checkpoints and roving details that not only focus on motorcycle driving habits but also on vehicular traffic around motorcycles, being alert for violations such as driving to close to motorcycles, Major Cummings added”. 

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