Be On the Lookout for Motorcycles

Written by on June 17, 2019

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is urging motorists and motorcyclists to do their parts to prevent crashes and fatalities this season by sharing the road.

Statistics from WYDOT’s Highway Safety Program indicated motorcycle fatalities and crashes have fluctuated over the past five years. Wyoming averages about 19 total motorcycle fatalities a year when looking at data over a five-year period.

On the national level, motorcyclist fatalities are on the rise. The most current statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated there were 5,286 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes in 2016, which is a 5-percent increase from the year before.

Motorists and motorcyclists can take extra precautions this summer and during other times of the year when motorcycles are out on the roads to ensure all are safe.  Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections, and allow a greater following distance behind a motorcycle.

Motorcyclists are urged to wear high-visibility clothing, a helmet and other safety protection when driving, and obey traffic lights, speeds and signs.

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