Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 39 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in traffic crashes.
Three out of the four traffic fatalities in Murfreesboro this year have involved motorcycles.
In response to this developing statistic, the Murfreesboro Police Department would like to take the opportunity to remind drivers about motorcycle safety and offer tips on how vehicles can “share the road” with motorcycles.
“As cooler weather approaches, more and more motorcyclists are hitting the roads,” said Chief of Police Glenn Chrisman. “And with that in mind, pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers of all vehicles, need to be extra attentive and make sure they share the road. A motorcycle is one of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Every driver needs to consistently look for them before changing lanes or merging with traffic. Motorcyclists have responsibilities, too. They should obey traffic rules, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted, and always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet and other protective gear. Our message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: Help to share in the responsibility of keeping all road users safe, and do your part by safely “sharing the road.”
Tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe.
Check for motorcycles by using mirrors and checking blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections.
Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
Allow more following distance - three or four seconds - when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
Never drive while distracted.
Tips for motorcycle riders to stay safe.
Wear brightly colored protective gear and a DOT-compliant helmet; Using turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it; Positioning themselves in the lane where they will be most visible to other drivers; and Never drive while impaired.