DPS encourages awareness for motorcyclists on highways

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Updated: 5/02/2014 9:50 pm
It's an alarming statistic: 494 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents last year in Texas, a 5% increased from 2012.

It's Motorcycle Safety month and DPS Sergeant Bryan Witt said awareness starts with you.

"We want to remind motorists to watch out for motorcycles on the road, but also for motorcycle riders to use every bit of safety equipment they have before getting on motorcycles."

First, make sure everything on your bike is in proper working order.
"You need to make sure all your equipment's working: your lights, your headlights, your turn signals, and make sure your tires look good. And make sure to adjust your mirrors so you can see your blind spots," said Sgt. Witt.

"Before I start the motorcycle, I check to see if it's in gear or in neutral. I check to make sure I always keep current on my oil and make sure I have all of my fluids and everything," said motorcyclist Joan O'Briant.

The most defensive way you can protect yourself on a motorcycle, is to always make sure you're wearing a helmet.
"When I had my incident in Ruidoso a few years ago, one of the first things my insurance company wanted to see was my helmet," said O'Briant.

She said it isn't just drivers who need to watch what their doing on the roads, passengers need to be mindful of motorcycle safety too.
"When you're going around curves you need to lean with the rider. A lot of that helps if you just hold on and when they lean, you lean."

DPS offers motorcycle courses so you can obtain your license. These courses are key to ensuring you know all the rules of the road, and learn how to better handle your motorcycle.

To view class schedules, click here.

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