Miami Valley groups urge motorcycle safety as hot weather approaches


FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – With the warmer weather, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and motorcycle organizations are reminding drivers to watch out for motorcycles on the roads.

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The town of Fairborn made an official statement in honor of the month on Saturday morning.

“It’s important that we are aware of this at this time of year because as the weather gets warmer, more and more motorcyclists are going out,” Fairborn Mayor Paul Keller said.

The proclamation was presented to Chapter F of the Fairborn Gold Wing Road Riders Association, which focuses on the safety of cyclists and the cars around them.

“What we would like to see people do is start teaching their kids at a young age to start counting motorcycles,” said Gold Wing Road Riders Association Chapter F director Lloyd Glydewell. “As they get older they’re going to be conscious, it’s a natural thing.”

Fairborn Mayor Paul Keller presents Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Proclamation to Fairborn Gold Wing Road Riders Association Chapter F

As the summer months approach, the OSHP reminds riders that more motorcycles will be on the road.

Drivers should leave enough space for motorcyclists and keep an eye out for motorcyclists when changing lanes or crossing an intersection.

“A lot of times when we have crashes at intersections it’s because a car has stopped before a motorbike because they’re looking for a car, and they’re not looking for that little object on the road that’s a motorbike. Dayton OSHP Post Sgt. Dallas Root said.

Another issue OSHP often encounters is new or unapproved motorcyclists on the roads.

“You may have 20 years of experience driving a car, but I can tell you that by the time you get on a motorbike and get out and enjoy the roads, it will be a completely different experience,” he said. declared Root.

Gydewell said people go out in the warmer months, always double-check and stay conscious.

“Watch, be aware, put your phones down, be careful,” Glydewell said.

ODOT performs spring road cleaning to remove debris from national highways. People are also urged to keep their streets free of grass clippings or other debris, which could cause their motorcycles to lose control.

For motorcyclists, the OSHP recommends taking a safety course, always wearing a helmet, maintaining the bike regularly, and staying alert to other riders.


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