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SAFETY: Be more aware of motorcyclists

Letter by Diane Leonard, Spanaway on May 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | 31 Comments »
May 2, 2012 12:10 pm

During May, motorcyclists will be promoting National Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month. I would like to use this time to educate everyone that uses the highways, city and rural roads in our area.

I am a member of Leather & Lace MC, an international women’s motorcycle club. One of our top priorities is to support motorcycle safety in our community. Below are some awareness tips that I would like to share:

• Why didn’t I see that motorcycle?Because of its size, a motorcycle is harder to see and estimate the motorcycle’s speed.

• When are accidents most likely to occur? When you are attempting a left turn in front of a motorcyclist. You may fail to adequately check blind spots before changing lanes or making turns, and large vehicles may block a motorcycle from view.

• How can I become more aware? Give the motorcyclist a full lane of travel. Predict evasive actions when you see obstacles in the road. Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely.

Don’t just give a glance. Give a second look.

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