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Be aware of motorcycles on the road

By Norwalk Reflector staff • May 9, 2019 at 3:00 PM

COLUMBUS — May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding motorcyclists to ride trained and sober. Also, motorists should be aware there will be an increase in motorcycles on the roadways with the warmer weather.

“Motorcycle safety is a shared responsibility, everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings and other vehicles using the roadway,” Gov. Mike DeWine said.

In 2017, there were 3,317 traffic crashes involving motorcycles that resulted in 146 deaths and 2,842 injuries, according to the patrol. Although total crashes and fatalities decreased as compared to 2017, 77 percent of crashes involving motorcycles resulted in at least one injury or death.

Taking a training class, wearing safety equipment and riding with proper endorsements can help you protect yourself and others. in 2018, the patrol issued a total of 1,756 citations to motorcyclists, 22 percent were for operating a motorcycle without a proper license and 7 percent were for operating a vehicle under the influence

Motorists should give motorcyclists a full lane of travel and look for motorcyclists at intersections and any time you are changing lanes. Always allow plenty of space in front of the vehicle you are driving and do not follow a motorcycle to close. 

Ohio law requires helmets for riders younger than 18 and drivers with less than one year of motorcycle experience. Passengers on motorcycles must wear helmets when the driver is required to do so.

For more information, visit www.motorcycle.ohio.gov.

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