Motorcycle safety

Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Gus Sandahl, City of Kenai police chief, said that for the most part the police department responds to few crashes annually involving motorcycles.

However, he said, the worst motorcycle crashes that have occurred on Kenai roadways involve motorcycles operating at high speeds.

"Every year it seems like there are more motorcycles on the road than the previous year, all drivers should be aware of this and take the time to check blind spots and look for smaller objects on the road," he said.

Here's a few other tips for motorcyclists:

n Assume that other motorists do not see motorcycles driving down the road;

n Drive at safe speed and be alert to react accordingly to vehicles that may pull out or switch lanes;

n Inspect equipment before riding to ensure things such as brakes and lights are working properly and motorcycle tires have adequate tread and proper inflation.

-- Brielle Schaeffer

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