May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – May brings more sunshine and warmer days to Ohio. It is also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Lt. Nathan Dennis of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the month is a good time to educate motorists inside and outside cars, looking twice before entering intersections and when merging on the highway.

Dennis said this is the time of year with the most accidents involving motorcycles.

Pamela Temple, who works at Independent Motorsports in south Columbus, has been riding for 25 years.

“I’ve had scary situations and it really pays to be prepared,” she said.

Temple urges all drivers to think twice and save a life.

“Come to a complete stop,” she said of the drivers. “That’s how I almost got hit. The person stopped, then continued through the stop sign and came very close.

Dennis said that in 2021 there were 4,005 accidents involving motorcycles, including 215 fatalities.

“Thus, Franklin County ranks second in the number of accidents involving motorcycles on Ohio roads,” Dennis said. “The first or first county is Cuyahoga County, followed by Franklin County.”

So far in 2022, there have been 332 motorcycle accidents.

Dennis said motorcyclists should wear helmets, safety glasses and obey all traffic rules. He also urges all drivers to drive with extra caution.

“As you approach intersections, slow down,” he said. “Pass with a little more caution in case one of the vehicles cannot see you and be careful on motorways, dual carriageways when passing other vehicles.”

Temple added: “It’s so easy for a motorcycle to get in your blind spot. So just take a second longer, look behind you, look in your side mirror, double check.

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