Follow the rules; share the road

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 30, 2014 

In recognition of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, I would like to reach out to Beaufort motorists and motorcyclists alike, encouraging them to share the road in order to reduce motorcycle deaths and injuries.

Motorcycles are among the smallest and most vulnerable vehicles on the road, putting riders at greater risk of death and serious injury in a crash. According to the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than occupants of cars to die in a crash, and five times more likely to be injured.

One way we can decrease the number of fatalities and injuries, and make the roads safer is if we work together, motorists and motorcyclists. Adhering to the following rules will improve highway safety for everyone.

Drivers should:

  • Be on the lookout for motorcyclists at all times.

  • Signal all lane changes and turns, and constantly check mirrors and blind spots before proceeding.

  • Be fully focused on the task of driving and be in control of their vehicles at all times. Never drive impaired by alcohol or drugs.

  • Riders should also never ride while impaired or distracted and obey all traffic laws. Wear a DOT-compliant helmet, and use reflective tape and gear to be more visible.

    Learn more at www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles

    Please join me in reaching out to other motorists and motorcyclists this month to encourage safe driving every day of the year.

    Debora R. Lewis

    Beaufort

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