BANGOR – May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month and several organizations have teamed up to remind motorists to share the road with motorcycles. The Bangor Police Department shared some safety tips for both riders and drivers.
As temperatures continue to warm up officials expect more motorcycles hit the roads.
According to the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, statistics show that although the number of crashes has gone down since 2012, fatalities continue to rise. The bureau reports there were 21 motorcycle fatalities last year.
“If it’s just a solo motorcycle out there, it is, we found there to be speed related. Driver inexperience or too fast for the road conditions,” said Bangor police Sgt. Wade Betters.
Betters said he already has seen several motorcycles downtown and wants to remind riders that street sweepers are still working through the city.
“Dirt and other debris in the road really can cause you an issue when you try to come to a stop and sometimes even begin to accelerate,” said Betters.
He said cold roads also can affect bikes.
“The pavement doesn’t heat up enough to often cause the best type of grip with the motorcycle tire to the roads,” said Betters.
Betters said motorcycles can’t stop the same way vehicles can and asked drivers to give them a little extra space and to be more aware of motorcycles in general.
“Take a few extra seconds before you decide to pull out on a roadway and make sure there’s no motorcycle coming,” he said.
And for those riding who want to be extra cautious, the highway safety bureau suggests wearing bright visible or reflective clothing, a DOT-compliant helmet, riding in the middle of the lane to be more visible, and obtaining a proper license.