November 22, 2021, 6:30 a.m. HST
* Updated November 22 at 1:24 am
In view of the recent number of fatalities involving motorcycles on the roads of Hawai’i Island, the Hawai’i Police Department is providing the following motorcycle safety tips.
● Always wear a full face helmet when riding or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle, moped or ATV.
Be sure to wear a helmet that meets the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) 218 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS). Look for the DOT symbol on the outside of the back of the helmet. The Snell and ANSI labels located on the inside of the helmet also show that the helmet meets the standards of these private, non-profit organizations.
● Be visible. Wear brightly colored clothing with reflective material that will make you more visible to other vehicle drivers.
● Wear protective gear. Arms and legs should be covered when riding a motorcycle, ideally wearing leather or thick jeans that provide protection in a crash. Boots or shoes should be high enough to cover your ankles, while gloves provide better grip and help protect your hands in the event of an accident.
● Go defensive. Keep in mind that driving a car and riding a motorcycle require different skills and react to road conditions differently. Compared to a car, motorcyclists have a narrow profile on the road and can often be in the blind spot of a vehicle. Drivers of vehicles and motorcycles should be aware of each other on the road and recheck before changing lanes, turning or entering traffic.
● Drive sober. Motorcyclists and motorists are reminded to drive sober or to be stopped. If you use an intoxicating substance, do not drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous.
So far this year, 22 people have been killed on the roads of our island, a 69% increase from the 13 killed at the same time last year. Of the 22 deaths, 36% are related to a motorcycle / scooter with seven deaths of motorcyclists and one driving a scooter.
Hawai’i Island Police want everyone to arrive alive at their destination this weekend and throughout the next vacation.