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IDOT Wants Motorcyclists to "Gear Up" for the Summer Riding Season

As the Midwest slowly breaks from winter's icy grip and embraces the welcome return of spring, motorcyclists who have been eagerly awaiting the melting snow and the return of warmer temperatures begin to prepare for another summer of riding.

To help all riders prepare for the upcoming motorcycle season the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has teamed up with organizations such as Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) and A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (ABATE), among others, to present the "Gear Up" campaign. Gear Up will present riders with free rider training and promote the proper use of safety gear.

The Gear Up campaign offers the following safety tips to motorcyclists:

  • Never drink alcohol and ride
  • Obey the laws of the road
  • Do not ride beyond your ability
  • Wear proper gear - a helmet, safety goggles/glasses, long pants, a jacket and close-toed shoes
  • Make sure the motorcycle is properly tuned
  • Review safe riding techniques or participate in a free training program presented by IDOT

It is important to remember that motorcycle riders are at more risk of injury than others on the road. IDOT statistics reveal that motorcycles make up less than three percent of registered vehicles in Illinois, but represent nearly 14 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.

Motorists should also make a point to watch for motorcycle riders on the road. A significant proportion of motorcycle accidents occur simply because the driver did not see the motorcyclist. Safety and prevention efforts of both motorcycle riders and motorists will help ensure this motorcycle season is a safe one.

Source: IDOT and Motorcycle Advocates Launch First "Gear Up" Campaign

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