Safe roads for everyone: Motorcycle safety stressed

RENO, NV (KOLO) Motorcycle safety requires the awareness and cooperation by everyone. Law enforcement says as the weather heats up, more motorcyclists will be on Nevada roads.

"Be careful, be vigilant as a motorcyclist and as a driver during the summer months; that's when it's peak motorcycle traveling time," says Sergeant David Bailey of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, from 2012 to 2016, there were 259 motorcycle crash-related fatalities across the state.

"As far as people in cars and trucks, they need to look twice, too, at their blind spots. The problem is motorcycles, when they approach from behind, they don't get bigger; they just get taller, and they're sometimes harder to see so when they go to pass they may not see it," Scott Alquist of the TMCC Motorcycle Safety Program says.

Experts and officers agree that you put yourself at a greater risk when riding a motorcycle as opposed to a car or truck.

"You don't have things like safety belts, airbags to protect you, and if you're thrown off a motorcycle there's nothing between you and the ground," Bailey says.

Alquist says riders should exercise defensive driving at all times.

"Well, if they're riding they need to consider themselves almost invisible, always double look, double check, never expect someone to stop when you come up to a light or a stop sign, don't expect someone to yield when they're turning, just drive and ride very defensively," he says.

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