Aug. 3, 2012
For more information, Sally Ridenour (503) 986-3359 or Michele O'Leary (503) 986-4198
Recent motorcycle crashes serve as poignant reminders that safety should be a top priority for both motorcyclists and drivers. The Oregon Department of Transportation has received preliminary reports of five fatal motorcycle crashes within the last ten days.
Safety is everyone's responsibility. All through the year, but especially during the summer when more motorcyclists are on the road, drivers should safely "share the road" with motorcycles and be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists have responsibilities too. They should obey traffic rules, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted and always wear a helmet and highly visible gear.
"It doesn't matter if you're on four wheels or two; we all have to do our part to share the road safely," said Michele O'Leary, Motorcycle Safety Program manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation.
ODOT offers safety tips for drivers and motorcyclists: