May 8, 2014
In 2013, 73 motorcycle riders in our state were killed in collisions.
Governor Jay Inslee’s proclamation making May our state’s Motorcycle Awareness Month is designed to:
- promote caution and recognition of motorcycles on Washington roads and highways.
- reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities associated for all motor vehicles.
- encourage riders to participate in rider education programs.
As motorcycles are smaller and less visible than most other vehicles, they can be more difficult to see. Reducing distracted diving and eliminating impaired driving will help operators see motorcyclists and give them the space they need.
Your Washington Motorcycle Safety Program encourages all vehicle operators to follow the rules of the road including obeying speed limits, following distance, signaling intentions, and yielding the right-of-way.
With spring turning to summer, the number of motorcyclists on our roads will be increasing.
Washington riders are our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters.
A moment more of attention could help save a rider’s life. That rider could be a family member or friend.
Look Twice – Save A Life.
May 24, 2012
OLYMPIA—As temperatures rise across our state this season, the Department of Licensing (DOL) would like to remind drivers to watch out for an increasing number of motorcycles on our streets and highways.Riders can be difficult to see on busy roads because of their smaller size and profile. Motorists should take an extra second to be aware of what’s around them. An extra look could save a life.
DOL will continue the agency’s “Look Twice, Save a Life” public information campaign this summer to work on increasing motorist awareness of motorcycles.
Since 2008, the number of other drivers failing to yield the right of way to motorcyclists has dropped by approximately 20 percent, according to collision data compiled by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Gov. Chris Gregoire issued a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month and called on motorcyclists and drivers alike to work on improving motorcycle safety this year.
The top three rider-causes of motorcycle crashes are alcohol or drug impairment, improper lane position and speeding. To legally operate a motorcycle on Washington roads, riders must have a driver license endorsement—or they could see their bike impounded even after a simple traffic stop.
DOL Director Alan Haight encourages all riders to take advantage of our state’s excellent network of motorcycle training schools.
“There are motorcycle safety classes out there for riders of all abilities,” Haight said. “These classes are critical for beginners, but also can help more experienced riders shake the rust off after a long winter and introduce new skills to increase riders’ safety and fun.”
Motorcycle training and endorsement info on the web: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/motorcycles.html
March 23, 2010
With warmer temperatures and sunny skies around the corner, the number of motorcycles on the roadway grows.
The Washington State Patrol strongly suggests that motorists keep special watch for motorcycles. For example, when stopping at stop signs, check twice before proceeding.
“With the increased number of motorcyclists on the road comes the potential for more motorcycle collisions,” said WSP Captain Ken Ginnard.
The WSP recommends that riders watch for road construction, traffic congestion and surrounding vehicles. It’s a sentiment shared by Department of Licensing motorcycle safety technical specialist Tom Fite.
“Always be alert for sudden changes in traffic and keep a margin of safety around you,” Fite said.
Motorcycle collision data show that approximately 60-percent of motorcycle fatalities are single-vehicle incidents. The most common causes of these incidents are excessive speed, impaired driving and the inability to stay in the lane of travel.
“Whether it’s your first ride of the season or you ride frequently, be mentally prepared,” Fite said. “Challenge yourself to sharpen your riding skills. If you are aware of any bad riding habits you have, now is the time to make a decision to change.”
The DOL and WSP require that motorcyclists be properly trained, always ride with their headlights on and that they wear bright clothing and proper safety equipment, including a DOT-certified helmet. Riders must also have the proper motorcycle endorsement.