May is 'Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month'
May 02. 2013 9:38AM
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, Office of Highway Safety reminds drivers about the importance of recognizing and sharing the road with motorcycles.
“South Dakota is one of the four safest states for riding motorcycles in America. Additionally, as the home of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, it is important for South Dakotans to be aware of motorcycles on the highways and recognize the importance of sharing the roadway with them,” the Governor’s proclamation states.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points out these safety tips for motorcyclists:
Wear a DOT-compliant helmet
Use turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if you think no one will see it
Signal intentions by combining hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to yourself
Wear brightly colored protective gear, and use reflective tape and stickers to be more noticeable
Position yourself in the lane where you will be most visible to other drivers
Never ride while impaired
You can find more information about riding a motorcycle safely in South Dakota on the ADDY award-winning website http://www.southdakotarides.com/