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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

YOU Can Make Our Community Safer

Post Date:05/05/2020

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) encourages our community to think about the safety of riders on two wheels and look twice for motorcycles.

With nearly 900,000 registered motorcycles in the state, many motorcycle riders are going places without the same protections as drivers. Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than vehicle occupants.

YOU can make our community safer. RCPD wants to offer drivers and motorcyclists tips to help keep you safe on our roadways:

Drivers

  • Always check twice for motorcycles in your mirrors and blind spots.
  • Use your signal when changing lanes.
  • Never follow a motorcycle too closely, and always keep a safe distance.
  • When at an intersection, allow enough space for a motorcycle to clear the roadway before making a turn.

Motorcyclists

  • Always wear a U.S. Department of Transportation compliant helmet and protective gear, such as gloves and leather clothing.
  • Consider adding reflective tape to your clothing to make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Keep your lights on at all times, even during the day.
  • Don’t assume drivers see you. Signal well in advance before changing lanes and watch for turning vehicles.

RCPD reminds our community to drive with care and slow down. Follow traffic laws, including speed laws and no texting laws. In addition, if you plan to drink, don’t drive. Period.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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