Warning for drivers as riding season begins

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)-”Riding season begins. Watch for Motorcycles.”

These traffic signs, like the one on Interstate-75 northbound near the Edwin C Moses exit, are aimed at keeping everyone safe.

165 people died in motorcycle-related accidents on Ohio’s roads in 2012, according to the most recent data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Carl Rinehart knows first-hand the dangers of riding a motorcycle.

“I’ve had friends who’ve been hurt and killed by bikes.  You know what, it’s a bad, bad experience for friends and my families.  It’s a bad, bad deal,” says Carl Rinehart.

And he has some advice for other drivers.

“Look in your rear view mirror.  Look in both your mirrors and look out your back windows.  Even your rear view mirrors don’t help you.  Just look this way, that way.  Because sometimes bikes are loud but, sometimes, they’re quiet. You got to be careful, you know,” explains Rinehart.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it’s also important for bikers to be on the lookout.

“Make sure that they are properly trained.  They’ve got proper endorsement for their motorcycle before they’re riding it.  Suggest they be wearing their helmet.  It’s safer to be wearing a helmet, if you wreck, wear your safety gear. If you’re operating a motorcycle just be cautious of the other vehicles and make sure you’re operating safely,’ says Sgt. John Chesser of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Troopers also say it’s important to give motorcyclists enough space.  Don’t follow them too closely.

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