On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the Village Board proclaimed May 2021 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. The Village of Sugar Grove will highlight safety information on our Facebook page throughout the month of May.
The campaign is supported locally by A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Inc. (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education). A.B.A.T.E. continually promotes motorcycle safety, education, and awareness in high school drivers’ education programs and to the general public in our community, presenting motorcycle awareness programs to over 120,000 participants in Illinois over the past six years.
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 2019, there were 5,014 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, a decrease from 2018 (5,038). Those deaths accounted for 14% of the total highway fatalities that year. Even the smallest momentary lapse in a vehicle driver’s awareness can result in the death of an unseen motorcyclist. 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.