Spencer Police Department promoting Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
By Bobby Lee McCulley | April 26, 2018 12:40 pm
The Spencer Police Department has announced that they will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to promote motorcycle safety.
Nationally, each year during the month of May, organizations and law enforcement agencies recognized the month as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Law enforcement agencies participate during Motorcycle Safety Awareness month by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the importance of sharing the road and looking twice for motorcyclists.
“Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why it is the perfect time for us to remind the community about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders,” stated Spencer Police Chief Michael Brock. “All motorists need to know how to anticipate and respond to motorcyclists to avoid crashes.”
According to the Spencer Police Department, the following are a few safe driving tips to help prevent crashing with a motorcycle:
-Although a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has all the rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full width of a lane at all times.
-Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
-If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Motorcycle signals are often non-canceling. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
-Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
-Always allow ample follow distance – three to four seconds – when driving behind a motorcycle. This gives riders more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
According to preliminary data released by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, there were approximately 2,988 crashes involving a motorcycle statewide last year. Of those crashes, Tennessee experienced approximately 134 motorcycle fatalities, in 2017, according to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.