With warmer weather on its way, motorcycles will soon be hitting the roads, and the Illinois Department of Transportation wants to keep riders safe.
IDOT launched the Gear Up - Ride Smart campaign to encourage riders to wear proper gear and not to drink and drive. The campaign will also focus on training, making sure riders are licensed, and keeping equipment maintained.
The goal of the campaign is to reduce motorcycle fatalities since they account for over 15 percent of all vehicle fatalities, but only account for three percent of all vehicle registrations. About half of those deaths involve only the motorcycle and about 40 percent of them involve operators who rode after drinking.
"Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of injury or death when involved in a crash," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. "When alcohol is added, the results often are horrendous. Illinois has embraced ‘Driving Zero Fatalities to a Reality' and wants all travelers on Illinois roadways to be safe. That's why we encourage all motorcycle riders to get prepared early in the spring season by taking a training or refresher course on motorcycle safety, and to always wear the proper gear and never ride impaired."
The Illinois State Police, Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) and A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) have joined IDOT in the campaign.
For more information on motorcycle safety, laws, statistics, and regulations, visit www.startseeingmotorcycles.org.
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