Gainesville Police Remind Drivers to Share the Road
Share the road. Department of Transportation leaders are reminding drivers and motorcyclists to obey the law. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Transportation leaders say more than 4,000 riders died in the United States in 2011.
In Gainesville, police are joining the National Safety Campaign to prevent motorcycle-related crashes. In addition to sharing the road, they are reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible to drivers. Police say motorcycle riders are about 30 times more likely to die in a crash than passengers in a car.
"With a motorcycle, your safety is limited to what you do as a rider. Are you wearing your helmet? Are you using other protective gear, and are you driving defensively? By taking care of those things and riding responsibly, you can help us push this number down to closer to zero," Officer Ben Tobias (Gainesville Police Department) said.
Police say drivers should use their mirrors to check the "blind spots" of their car. They say sometimes motorcyclists are hidden in those areas.
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