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When is Motorcycle Awareness Month?

If you ride a motorcycle in the spring, summer and fall, you know how dangerous it can be. Drivers aren't always aware of your presence, and they're seemingly failing to look out for you at all. Even one wrong move can put you into the hospital or worse, yet drivers don't seem to take motorcyclists seriously.

Of course, drivers do care, because drivers are people, just like you. They have friends and family members who ride motorcycles, too. That's why the Rhode Island State Police is encouraging drivers to remain vigilant when searching for drivers on the roads. With 33,000 motorcyclists on the roads in the state, it's vital to pay attention at all times.

The state has declared May Motorcycle Awareness Month, because it's important for everyone to become more aware of motorcyclists in the state. One member of the Rhode Island Motorcycle Association was hit by a truck when riding his motorcycle in October, so the message hits home for him. He asks that drivers put down their phones; it could save lives.

Keep in mind that other hazards exist, too. Debris on the roads from winter is a particularly dangerous hazard, and sand from sanding trucks could cause motorcycles and vehicles to lose traction. It's a good idea to slow down and get a feel for the roadways before you reach the speed limits or travel at higher rates of speed. Wear your helmet, wear protective gear and remember to keep an eye out for drivers who aren't paying attention. Both motorcyclists and drivers can work together to save lives.

Source: Trurn to 10, "Rhode Island declares Motorcycle Awareness Month to help prevent wrecks," accessed May 30, 2018

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