Friday, July 12, 2024

Drivers And Motorcyclists: Watch Out For Each Other

The Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are getting ready for increased traffic in the County as we begin the month of May. Officers participated in the province-wide Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week which took place Wednesday May 1, through Sunday May 5, 2024.

The OPP is reminding motorcyclists and other motorists to be responsible, defensive, attentive, and alcohol/drug-free drivers throughout the riding season. Motorcyclists are reminded to wear bright, protective equipment and clothing to increase their visibility to other motorists. Every driver doing their part will help ensure Ontario citizens and visitors have the safe, enjoyable summer that awaits them.

For Motorists:

  • Motorists should always have a watchful eye out for motorcycles given how difficult they can be to see.                                                                            
  • Watch for motorcycles at intersections – approximately one third of motorcycle collisions are intersection-related.

For Motorcyclists:

  • Motorcyclists should not assume that other drivers can see them – drivers who have collided with motorcycles often say they did not see the motorcycle until it was too late.                                                                                                                   
  • Be seen at intersections – over one third of motorcycle collisions are intersection-related.                                                                                            
  • Always ride at a speed appropriate for road and weather conditions as speeding and loss of control are major causes of motorcycle collisions.           
  • When riding, always wear an approved motorcycle helmet and bright, high-quality protective gear to make yourself more visible to other motorists.

 

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