Experts remind drivers to share the road, be wary of motorcyclists

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Look twice and save a life. A reminder to all drivers — both motorcyclists and other drivers as they hit the road and the weather heats up.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and experts are urging all drivers to safely share the road during these warm months.

This cold and rainy spring has kept motorcycles garage-bound.

“It brings a different sense of living,” said Allen Matlock, a Kegel Harley-Davidson Rider Coach.

“It’s like stepping into another dimension,” described by Bruce Roberts, a Traffic Safety Program Instructor and Motorcyclists.

Memorial Day and the warm months of summer are around the corner and they’ll be hitting the streets again.

This is Bruce Roberts. He is a retired policeman and has been riding motorcycles on and off for fifty years. Safety is the number one thing that he continues to stress among drivers and riders.

“…One of the most important things that I tell people when I teach is that you have to be paying attention to what you are doing,” said Roberts.

Experts say the month of May is where there are more motorcycle crashes, injuries and deaths than most of the year combined.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, although motorcycles represent 3% of total vehicle registration in Illinois, they account for 12% of traffic fatalities, 119 in 2018 alone.

“I highly recommend for motorist to take a refresher course. It never hurts to take a refresher course,” said Matlock.

Roberts; take away from this topic: “When we can reduce the number of times people get hurt, we’re all going to be better off.”

Making sure that motorists and other drivers make it back to their her or his destination safely as they hit the roads during these warm months ahead.

Kami Simmons

Kami Simmons

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