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            Ohio is among the top 5 states with the most motorcycle riders.  Motorcycle sales here have increased by about 16% per year.  With growing popularity comes an increased need to educate motorists on motorcycle awareness and safety.

 

            Here are a few tips for a safe 2008 riding season:

 

         Riders must have a valid motorcycle license, quality motorcycle training, and proper safety equipment.  Many motorcycle accidents are the result of untrained and unlicensed riders.

         Ride sober.  Nearly half of motorcycle fatalities are alcohol related.

         Motorists should remember that a motorcycle is a vehicle with all the same privileges on the road.  Give the motorcycle a full lane of travel.

         Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely.  Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to take evasive action for a hazard, if necessary.  For instance, when encountering a pothole, gravel, slippery pavement, and railroad crossings a rider may need to take evasive action.

 

            For additional safety and training information, visit Motorcycle Ohio’s Web site.

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