Warning for drivers as riding season begins

Traffic signs warn drivers to watch for motorcycles
Traffic signs warn drivers to watch for motorcycles

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.

WDTN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s