The Department of Transportation is urging motorists and motorcyclists to share the road this month for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Spokesman Chris Lubbert is reminding motorists to be extra attentive as the weather gets warmer and asks them to watch out for motorcyclists. Drivers of cars and trucks are also encouraged to give motorcyclists several car lengths of space and make sure they’re visible in blind spots to avoid accidents. Lubbert says motorcycle crashes typically increase between the months of April through October.
“You will start to see a larger amount of motorcyclists on Missouri’s roadways,” Lubbert said. “You’ll see them riding as individuals or you may even see them riding in groups, and remember to just be cautious and mindful of them and give them plenty of room; whether you’re behind them, passing them or they’re passing you.”
Lubbert says the May campaign is is also a way to raise awareness for motorcyclists. Riders are reminded to stay visible to drivers and wear protective gear when they ride.
“It’s important to wear a helmet, but also full length pants, full armed jackets, gloves and boots, just to protect them in the event of a crash,” Lubbert said. “And to make sure that people riding are fully trained.
He says many motorcyclists out there don’t have a motorcycle license, so the department wants to make sure riders have the skills they need to ride on Missouri roadways.
Lubbert says last year, 19 of 102 motorcycle fatalities happened in the month of May.
Motorcyclists are urged to complete some type of training before heading out on the road. The Department of Transportation endorses 29 instruction locations in Missouri. To find one near you visit, www.mmsp.org
For more information on motorcylce safety and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month visit, www.saveMOlives.com
AUDIO: Mary Farucci reports. (1:03)