Double-check for motorcycles: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Lt. Jeff Brouwer rides a motorcycle in the NBPD’s PSA video about sharing the road.

During May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Newport Beach Police Department reminds riders to always look twice at motorcycles.

“Motorcycles can be difficult to spot, so being extra careful before changing lanes is always good practice,” Lt. Eric Little said. “Motorcyclists are sheltered from the elements and don’t have the same protections as drivers and passengers. Please share the road with motorcycles and drive carefully.

To protect yourself and your family, keep the following tips in mind when driving or riding:


  • Always check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely. Always keep a safe distance.
  • If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Make sure the cyclist is turning before moving forward.


  • Always wear a US DOT compliant helmet with goggles.
  • Wear leather or other sturdy clothing such as a jacket, pants, boots with non-slip soles and gloves. Add reflective strips or decals to your clothing and motorcycle to make it easier for other riders to see you.
  • Ride defensively. Don’t assume a driver can see you. Avoid riding in the driver’s blind spot.
  • Always keep your lights on, even during the day.

Finally, drivers and passengers should never drive/ride distracted under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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