Alberta Integrated Traffic Units will be involved in a joint effort to reduce the harm that results from motorcycle collisions this month.
The summer months and warm weather leads to an increase in the number of motorcycles on the roads. Police want to stress the importance of sharing the road and using smart traffic safety habits to maximize the safety of Albertans.
“Look twice for motorcyclists when approaching intersections or changing lanes and never underestimate the speed of a bike,” said RCMP Inspector James Stiles, Officer in Charge of “K” Division Traffic Services.
“Failure to yield the right of way is a leading cause of motorcycle-vehicle collisions.”
Although speed and alcohol are often the root causes behind motorcycle collisions, inexperience is also a factor. It is imperative new riders develop their skills in safe motorcycle operation. This includes participating in driver training courses, using bikes suitable to their skill level and wearing approved safety equipment.
“The Alberta Integrated Traffic Units are asking drivers to be aware of motorcyclists out on the road and to be aware of the space motorcyclists need to maintain their safety on the road,” said Stiles. “The Integrated Traffic Units also wants to remind motorcyclists that when they head out on the road, they represent thousands of people who love to ride. Motorcyclists are encouraged to ride defensively and make every effort to enhance their visibility.”
Stiles recommended motorcyclists be alert at intersections and make eye contact with drivers before proceeding.
“Stay aware of what’s going on behind you because a rear-end crash can be deadly,” he said. “Position yourself to be seen and stay out of drivers’ blind spots. Realize that your speed is often misjudged by drivers.”