Inside the 608: Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

MADISON, Wis. – May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and motorcyclists are looking forward to warm weather.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorists that motorcycle safety is the responsibility of all riders.

Motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles and can be difficult for other motorists to see. Drivers should keep their eyes and ears open for motorcycles. Look twice before changing lanes and always check your blind spot, there could be a motorbike.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages motorcyclists to take a safety course, regardless of the length of their ride; your skills can always be upgraded or refreshed.

Madison College offers motorcycle safety courses that teach real-world skills and strategies as the foundation for safe motorcycle riding. They will teach you closed range defensive driving skills and tactics that could take you years to learn on your own.

In 2020, 5,579 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, an increase of 11% from 2019. Also in 2020, motorcyclists were approximately 28 times more likely than occupants of passenger vehicles to die in an accident and were 4 times more likely to be injured.

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