Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Police urge Calgarians to practice motorcycle safety this summer

With June upon us, the Calgary Police Service is reminding motorists to be mindful of motorcycle safety.

As the weather warms up, more and more people dust off their motorcycle gear and go for a ride. Unfortunately, this often leads to an increase in serious or fatal collisions involving motorcycle riders.

For the past two years, June has seen the highest number of motorcycle collisions in the year with 54 collisions in 2009 and 63 in 2008.

In total, there were 291 motorcycle collisions in 2009. Of those, 122 involved serious injuries and three of them were fatal. In 2008, there were 411 collisions, 186 of those resulted in serious injuries and three were fatalities.

Riders and drivers all have a responsibility to ensure everyone is safe on our roads.
The Calgary Police Service offers the following advice:
For motorcycle operators:
  • Stay out of blind spots. Make sure other drivers see you.
  • Be alert at intersections. Make eye contact with other drivers/riders before making your move.
  • Protect yourself with the right gear and an approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Remember that when it comes to other drivers, your speed can be easily misjudged.
  • Ride defensively and make every effort to enhance your visibility.
  • Be aware of what is going on behind you.
For drivers of other vehicles:
  • Share the road – look twice for motorcyclists at intersections or when changing lanes.
  • Never underestimate the speed of a motorcycle. Their size makes their speed deceptive.
  • Always check your blind spot before changing lanes.

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