Alberta RCMP shares tips for motorcycle safety month

Showing off does not pay off – but driving defensively does

  • May. 17, 2019 3:00 p.m.

As motorists welcome warm weather across the province, the Alberta RCMP reminds motorcyclists to adopt safe driving behaviours that reduce the risk of collisions.

Alberta RCMP encourages you to practice the following motorcycle safety tips:

· Gear up! Along with a helmet, riders should wear shatter-proof eye protection and durable weather-proof clothes to keep you comfortable while riding.

· Stay bright and in sight! Staying out of blind spots on roadways and in parking lots will help keep other vehicles aware of your presence.

· Showing off does not pay off – but driving defensively does. Remember, motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles. Be aware of your surroundings, share the road and change lanes with extreme caution.

· Practice makes perfect. Riders should practice on safe roads away from high traffic areas and highways to make sure they are comfortable and confident in their skills on the road.

“With season change and warming weather, motorcycles are prevalent on our roadways. In 2018, there were 12 people killed and 232 motorcycles involved in injury collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions,” said Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services.

“These numbers are a good reason to raise awareness about safe motorcycling so that we all get to our destinations safely.”

The Alberta RCMP will continue to work with Alberta Sheriffs and other law enforcement and safety partners to ensure Albertans make the right driving and riding decisions.

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