Motorcycle Awareness Month means drivers need to be mindful

By WEEK Producer

May 2, 2012 Updated May 2, 2012 at 9:25 PM CDT

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois. Offically it's the start of the riding season, although warm weather has seen riders on the streets for weeks.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has as one of its safety objectives, to increase other motorists' awareness of motorcycles.

According to one study, approximately three-fourths of motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, most often a passenger automobile. Many drivers simply do not see the motorcycles they share the road with.

Bruce Liebe with ABATE of Illinois said, "Rising fuel prices have prompted a segement of the population to seek more cost effective transportation. To this end, we'll see an influx of two wheeled vehicles using the streets and highways of our state. Motorcyle awareness is more impiortant than ever. Educating the motoring public and riders alike is more crucial than ever."

Fifty percent of fatal motorcycle crashes, however, involve only the rider.

IDOT is trying to reduce those numbers by rider education programs and anti-drinking-and-driving efforts.

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