TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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KSP Post 1 partners with Four River's Harley Davidson to host Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day
Date of News Release: 05/22/2014
(Paducah, KY) - The Kentucky State Police and Four Rivers Harley Davidson will host a motorcycle safety day on Saturday May 24, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M. at Four Rivers Harley Davidson in Paducah.
Hopkinsville Police Department will be on hand to demonstrate riding skills with their police motorcycles. KSP, PHI and Air Evac will have booth's set up to help promote motorcycle safety awareness.
Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway. All motorists are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.
Thomas said that a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable than a passenger vehicle occupant in the event of a crash. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that motorcyclists are 34 times more likely to die in traffic crashes than passenger car occupants.
Thomas offers tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways.
- Remember, a motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle.
- Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width; never try to share a lane.
- Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections.
- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
- Don't be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle. Motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
- Allow more following distance, three or four seconds when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
- Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
- Never drive while distracted.
The Kentucky Governor's Commission on Motorcycle Education and Safety has a website with resources for riders including locations and dates for rider education classes. http://kentuckymotorcycleeducationandsafety.ky.gov/