Drivers, motorcyclists urged to be safe on the road
Spring sprung unofficially a few weeks ago. The warm weather brought out walkers, joggers and motorcycle riders. And as more bikers fill the roads, motorcycle clubs are urging everyone to be safe. There was a fatal crash involving a motorcycle over the weekend. Our Iris St. Meran has tips for those riding on two wheels and four.
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NEW YORK -- As winter makes its exit, more motorcycles will make their entrance on local roads. Local motorcycle clubs want to make sure other drivers take notice.
Bikers United President Neil Fry said, "A lot of people just don't pay attention to us mainly. It's hard to see a smaller vehicle on the road."
Safety is a message Neil Fry, President of Bikers United takes with him on the road each year because it's worth repeating. Over the weekend in West Monroe a couple was killed while riding. Authorities said a pickup truck turning left drove in the path of their oncoming motorcycle.
Syracuse Police Captain Shannon Trice works in the Traffic Division. He says staying within the speed limit and eliminating distractions can help.
"The talking on the cell phone, the texting, the kids, the playing with the radio, the eating the applying makeup, the reading,” Trice said, “You really got to be paying attention."
Motorcyclists are being proactive when it comes to outfitting their bikes. They're adding something called a modulating light so they can be seen better on the road.
Fry said, "It flips from high to low all the time. And it draws the attention of the vehicle toward the motorcycle, lets them know you're coming down the road."
Other tips for bikers include: making sure your bike is safe to ride by checking your lights, brakes, tires and battery. Something everyone can do can be summed up in three words:
"Follow the Laws. The laws are there to make sure everyone on the roadway is safe. If everyone is following the laws, we're going to cut crashes tremendously," said Trice.