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  • Motorcyclists and Drivers: Be Careful Out There
    May 01 2015

    As Oregonians, we are all delighted with the warm weather we are being treated to in the last several weeks and I think we are all trying to take advantage of the sunshine.  The warm weather and the increase in motorcycle and car traffic go hand in hand this time of year.  Unfortunately, there is also a direct correlation in the increase of traffic and the increase in traffic accidents


    With that in mind, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared May 2015 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  In 2014 in Oregon there were 45 fatalities as a result of motorcycle accidents which was an increase over 2013.


    “It doesn’t matter if you’re on four wheels or two; we all have to do our part to share the road safely,” said Michele O’Leary, ODOT’s Motorcycle Safety Program manager. “One simple thing motorcyclists can do to improve their safety is wear high visibility gear so they can be seen by other road users.”


    Drivers
    • Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
    • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
    • Because of a motorcycle’s small size it may be difficult to predict how fast they are going. Allow extra time before turning or pulling in front of a motorcyclist.
    • Look once, look twice and then look again. They may be closer than you think.

    Motorcyclists
    • Always wear a helmet and highly visible, protective clothing.
    • Allow time and space to react to other motorists or changing road conditions.
    • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
    • Don’t speed.
    • Motorcycle rider training and education save lives. TEAM OREGON offers classes for beginner to advanced riders.


    For more about ODOT’s Motorcycle Safety Program, visit www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/motorcyclesafety.aspx

     

     

     

  • Motorcycle Safety Awareness
    June 26 2014

    Summer is here and with it there is an increase in motorcycle traffic.  Unfortunately, there is usually an increase in collisions involving cars and motorcycles.  With that in mind let’s all follow the following suggestions for a safer summer for everyone:

    Motorcyclists
    • Don’t speed.
    • Allow time and space to react to other motorists or changing road conditions.
    • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
    • Always think ahead and give yourself time to react.
    • Always wear a helmet and highly visible, protective clothing.

    Drivers

    • Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane.
    • Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
    • Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles it can be difficult to judge their speed. They may be closer than they appear. Allow extra time before turning in front of motorcycles.
    • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
    • Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don’t tailgate.

  • May 2013 is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
    May 01 2013

    Governor Kitzhaber has declared May 2013 the official Motorcycle Safety Month for the State of Oregon.  With the beautiful spring weather we have been experiencing, we will also see an increase in motorcycle riders.  Unfortunately, with the increase in ridership we also experience an increase in crashes which oftentimes result in injuries and death.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced that 50 people on the state were fatally injured in motorcycle crashes in 2012.  With these increased motorcycle traffic and accidents in mind, the Governor’s program is aimed at increased safety for all riders.  We can all help keep everyone safe by following a few safety rules.

    1. Allow appropriate distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle on the roadway. 
    2. Follow all traffic rules such as allowing for a safe distance for stopping, don’t follow too closely, stay within your lane of travel and don’t crowd the motorcyclist.
    3. Motorcyclists should always wear helmets
    4. Motorcyclists should wear highly visible clothing and protective clothing
    5. Don’t speed
    6. Don’t attempt to share a lane with a motorcyclist.  They should be treated like any other vehicle on the road and given their own lane of travel.
    7. When passing a motorcycle, always check your blind spots and make sure you get completely around them before entering back into the lane.
    8. Keep an eye out for heavier motorcycle usage with this great weather.  Use caution when passing, turning in front of, or entering intersections.

    Team Oregon is a ODOT approved motorcycle safety program for Basic and Intermediate Rider Training.  Check it out online.

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