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Motorcycle Awareness Month is coming in May

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -  May is Motorcycle Awareness month in Missouri.

In a campaign to help prevent motorcycle crashes, injuries and deaths the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants all motorcyclists and motorists to "Watch for Motorcycles".

Spring is a great time for motorcyclists to hit the open road for all the weekend rides, rallies and runs.

In Missouri there were 87 motorcyclists killed in 2014.

To help prevent a fatal crash with a motorcyclists the National Safety Administration offers these tips:
  • Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
  • Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
  • Never drive distracted or impaired.
To increase their safety on the roads motorcyclists must also follow these simple rules:
  • Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
  • Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers.
  • Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed and trained.
  • Anticipate the moves of other drivers and be extra cautious of road conditions and debris.
  • Never drive distracted or impaired.
Before hitting the road all motorcyclists are recommended to complete some type of training.

"Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any other drivers on the roadway," said Bill Whitfield, executive committee chair of the coalition.  "However, drivers of cars and trucks often don't see motorcycles until the last second, or sometimes not at all."

For further information, go to this website or Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.

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