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Motorcycle Safety and Awareness - Two Wheels. One Life. Ride Safe.

Posted by MarkhamToday // April 17, 2017 // in News // 0 Comments


Warm weather brings out the two wheel vehicles. Drivers of other vehicles are urged to check blind spots twice for motorcycles before making turns or lane changes. Motorcycles often reduce speed by down shifting which means you may not have the visual warning of a brake light when a motorcycle is slowing down. Remember, a motorcycle is a vehicle too. They have a right to a lane and all vehicles must share the roadway. In the event of a collision, the driver of a motorcycle does not have the same level of protection as the driver of other types of vehicles.

In light of several recent serious and fatal collisions involving motorcycles in past year,  York Regional Police is reminding both motorcyclists and other drivers to exercise caution and practice safety on our roadways.

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Motorcyclists are reminded to be as visible as possible and obey the rules of the road. Always ride at a speed that is suitable for weather and road conditions and affords you enough time to respond to possible safety hazards.

Motorcyclists and their passengers are also reminded of the importance of wearing an approved safety helmet. Protective wear, including glasses, can prevent or reduce the severity of injuries. Wearing reflective materials will help keep you visible during inclement weather or during times of low light and low visibility.

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More than one-third of motorcycle collisions occur at intersections. Approach slowly, ensure you look in all directions and proceed with caution.

York Regional Police is also reminding residents that go-peds, miniature motorcycles called pocket bikes and other off-road vehicles are not street legal and must not be driven on the road.

For more information on how to stay motorcycle safe, contact the Traffic Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7703

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