May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Safe Communities of Pickaway County asks that drivers remember that these warmer months will bring about a favorite past-time for many—motorcycle riding.   Whether riding for leisure, or as a form of transportation, these vehicles will be out on our roadways and other drivers need to be aware of their presence.  That is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated the month of May to highlight this type of traffic safety.  Increasing safe riding and cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.

“As Spring turns to Summer, the number of motorcycles on Pickaway County roadways will increase”, noted Sheriff Robert Radcliff.  “New data shows that Pickaway County must increase safety initiatives for this type of traffic safety, and to promote both safe riding habits and driver awareness.”

Drivers need to remember that motorcycles are often difficult to see.  By not driving distracted, drivers can focus on the road and be more aware of motorcycles and other traffic situations.  Also, it is important to remember that motorcycles are legal vehicles, and have the same rights as other types of motor vehicles. By allowing motorcycles a full lane length, and by remembering to signal when changing lanes or making turns, drivers can help to keep these riders safe.  Riders can also take the initiative in their own safety as well by making sure they use the right equipment, follow safe speed limits, and never drive impaired.

“The Ohio Department of Public Safety has a division known as ‘Motorcycle Ohio’, and the department has fantastic resources and training opportunities for riders of all levels”, explained Safe Communities Director Teresa C. Carper.  “I encourage anyone interested in learning how to ride, or to improve their skills to visit the Motorcycle Ohio website at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov  for tips and rider course information.”

“Ride S.M.A.R.T.” encourages motorcyclist to ride “Sober”,  ride “‘Motorcycle endorsed”, ride “Alert”, ride with the “Right gear”, and ride “Trained”.  For more information on motorcycle safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .