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OSP Joins ODOT & Governor's Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety Urging Everyone to Share the Road Safely
July 12, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Sally Ridenour
ODOT Public Affairs
(503) 986-3359

With several large motorcycle rallies happening in Oregon this month, the Oregon State Police joins Oregon Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety in urging drivers and motorcyclists to watch out for each other and share the road safely.
All through the year, but especially during the summer when more motorcyclists are on the road, drivers should safely "share the road" with motorcycles and be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists have responsibilities too. They should obey traffic rules, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted and always wear a helmet and highly visible gear.
Safety tips for drivers and motorcyclists:

       Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane.
       Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
       Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
       Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don't tailgate.

       Never ride impaired.
       Always wear a helmet and highly visible, protective clothing.
       Allow time and space to react to other motorists or changing road conditions.
       Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
       Don't speed.
       Motorcycle rider training and education save lives. TEAM OREGON offers classes for beginner to advanced riders.


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