Portage County Safe Communities is increasing awareness of motorcycle safety during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to reduce preventable motorcycle crashes, injuries, and deaths on the roadways.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, in 2016, there were 4,342 motorcycle crashes in Ohio. A total of 202 of them were fatal, and three of those occurred in Portage County.
Not just during May, but every day, drivers of all vehicles are reminded to "share the road" with motorcyclists. Riders can be in your blind spot, so drivers should take extra precautions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
Drivers should always use signals to alert motorcyclists and allow extra distance between their vehicle and the motorcycle to provide the rider more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
Motorcyclists must always be responsible on the roadways and can increase their safety by following these steps:
Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear,
obey all traffic laws,
be properly licensed,
use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn,
wear brightly colored clothes or reflective tape to increase visibility, and
never ride distracted or impaired.
For more information of crash statistics visit www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/2016CrashFacts.pdf.
Portage County Safe Communities is a program of Portage County Health Department.