In the 608: Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

MADISON, Wis. – May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and motorcyclists have been anxiously awaiting some warm weather.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind motorists that motorcycle safety is a responsibility of all drivers.

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 motorcycle there.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages motorcyclists to take a safety course, regardless of how long they’ve been riding; your skills can always be enhanced or refreshed.

Madison College has motorcycle safety courses that teach real-world skills and strategies as a foundation for safe motorcycling. They’ll teach you skills and defensive riding tactics on a closed range that could take you years to learn on your own.

In 2020, there were 5,579 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States, an 11 percent increase from 2019. Also in 2020, motorcyclists were about 28 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a crash and were 4 times more likely to be injured.