May is Motorcycle
Safety Awareness Month and the Indiana State Police is reminding motorists
and motorcyclists to share the road and practice safe driving habits.
“Many serious and
fatal crashes occur when motorists turn in front of motorcyclists,” the ISP
said. “Be aware of motorcycles, especially at intersections and while making
turns and lane changes. It is difficult to accurately judge the time, speed,
and distance of an approaching motorcycle. Before you drive through an
intersection or make a left turn, check the position of oncoming motorcycles
at least two to three times.”
The ISP also urges
all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. According to the Indiana Criminal
Justice Institute, 151 motorcycle fatalities occurred in Indiana during
2012. Of those fatalities, 122 people were not wearing helmets. “Not wearing
a helmet might save you two seconds, but it could cost you the rest of your
and uneven road surfaces can also be a deadly area for motorcyclists. The
ISP and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) encourage all
motorcyclists to be extra vigilant while riding through these sites. “Many
roadways will be resurfaced over the next several months and motorcyclists
should be aware of ‘edge traps,’ which occur when one lane is higher than
the other. An inexperienced or inattentive motorcyclist can easily lose
control when encountering these ‘edge traps.’”
Safety tips for
* Be visible.
Ensure your headlight, taillight, and brake light work properly.
* Use lane
positioning to increase visibility and watch for turning vehicles.
* Avoid riding in