“Start Seeing Motorcycles:” IDOT

The Illinois Department of Transportation joined safety advocates Wednesday on Chicago's Pioneer Court to kick off "Motorcycle Awareness Month" and urge all motorists to share the road.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation joined safety advocates Wednesday on Chicago's Pioneer Court to kick off Motorcycle Awareness Month and urge all motorists to share the road.
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“As the weather improves and riding increases in popularity, more motorcyclists are hitting the roads,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “With that in mind, passenger cars and trucks need to be attentive and make sure they ‘share the road.'"
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Schneider said a motorcycle is one of the smallest vehicles on the road and every driver should be reminded to proactively look for them before merging. Motorcyclists must also be reminded, she said, to obey traffic rules, be aware of other drivers and always wear a helmet.
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“Whether you are traveling in a vehicle or riding on a motorcycle, safety should be the number one priority," said Illinois State Police Commander Scott Abbott in a statement.
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According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, statistics show a motorcyclist is more vulnerable during a crash than an occupant of a passenger vehicle.
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Authorities will make appearances throughout the state for Motorcycle Awareness Month to remind motorcyclists and drivers alike of road rules to keep them safe.
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