As the weather becomes warmer, motorcycles will be more plentiful on Illinois roadways. As such, the Illinois Department of Transportation kicked off the “Start Seeing Motorcycles” Campaign.
Governor Bruce Rauner was in attendance for the kick off and proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month for the 34th consecutive time. He is calling for Illinois drivers to remain vigilant on roadways, as well as urging motorcycle riders to take precautions and be aware on roadways too.
“As someone who loves traveling our great state by motorcycle, I know first-hand the importance of sharing the road,” Governor Rauner said. “Illinois has a long history of supporting motorcycle safety, and I’m honored to continue that tradition. I urge everyone on the roads to travel with care and to be aware.”
Even through motorcycles account for only 3% of the vehicle registered in Illinois, they are involved in almost 15% of fatal vehicular accidents. Of the 1,078 fatal accidents that occurred last year, 154 were motorcycle riders, an increase of eight from 2015. During the “Start Seeing Motorcycles” Campaign, riders are especially encouraged to take precautions to ensure that they are easily detected by motorists. This includes wearing protective gear, getting regular maintence to your motorcycle, and taking the Illinois Department of Transportation’s free motorcycle safety course.
“Warmer weather signals more frequent motorcycle activity on the roads, and all of us have a responsibility to ride and drive safely,” Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz said. “Drivers should have their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and minimize distractions. Motorcyclists should wear proper safety equipment, ride safely and obey all traffic laws. If we all do our part, it just might save a life.”
Through the combined efforts of the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and various Illinois motorcycle organizations, the “Start Seeing Motorcycles” campaign is made possible. For additional information, visit www.startseeingmotorcycles.org.