Drivers, Motorcyclists Need to Raise Awareness on Road

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

May 4, 2013 Updated May 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in the U.S., and the Indiana State Police (ISP) is asking all drivers to pay special attention when driving on the roads, especially around motorcycles.

Over the past five years, Allen County has seen 26 fatal motorcycle accidents. Sgt. Ron Galaviz, ISP spokesman, says motorcycles are very low-profile and difficult to see even in the daylight. To minimize the number of bike-involved accidents, state police are asking all drivers to take a second to look at your surroundings, always check your blind spot, and use your turn signal. They also say motorcyclists need to be aware, expect the unexpected, and always wear safety gear.

"At times we see a lot of injuries that could have been, not so much prevented, but greatly reduced just by a simple wearing of a helmet or simple wearing of protective gear on the upper and lower extremities,” said Sgt. Galaviz.

Sgt. Galaviz also encourages motorcyclists to keep both wheels on the ground, and not try tricks on their bikes.

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