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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so don't do what the folks in the picture are doing. The Idaho Transportation Department is reminding drivers to be extra alert and cautious to help keep motorcycle riders safe on Idaho highways.

Because of their smaller size, motorcycles or scooters are not easily seen and can be hidden in a vehicle's blind spot. ITD offers some tips to help keep motorcyclists safe on Idaho highways.

- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.

- Don't tailgate. Allow more distance when following a motorcycle. Remember that in dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.

- Don't be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle - motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling, and riders sometimes forget to turn them off.

- Remember that road conditions which are minor annoyances to other vehicles pose major hazards to motorcyclists.

34 motorcycle fatalities occurred in Idaho last year -- an increase from 29 in 2008. The top five contributing circumstances for motorcycle crashes are: failing to yield, inattention, improper turn, following too closely, and alcohol/drug impairment.

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