On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the Village Board proclaimed May 2019 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the Village of Sugar Grove. Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, reminds vehicle drivers and motorcyclists alike to Share the Road. This year’s Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles campaign helps motorists understand standard motorcycle driving behaviors and learn how to drive safely around motorcycles on our roadways. The Village of Sugar Grove will highlight this information on our Facebook page throughout the month of May.
Tips for Motorists
Because vehicle drivers control a much larger machine, it is imperative that they keep close watch for motorcyclists who may be riding nearby. Drivers may follow these tips to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:
• Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has the same rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
• Always use a turn signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
• If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful: motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and the motorcyclist could have forgotten to turn it off. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
• Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
• Always allow more follow distance—three to four seconds—when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
• Never drive distracted or impaired.
In 2016, there were 5,286 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, a 5-percent increase from 2015 (5,029). Those deaths accounted for 14 percent of the total highway fatalities that year. Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.
Always remember to Share the Road with motorcyclists and vehicle drivers alike. For more information on motorcycle safety, visit www.nhsta.gov/road-safety/motorcycles.