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MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH


Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to crashes than other drivers.  Motorcycle safety is an issue of increasing concern - fatalities involving drivers and motorcyclists have increased by more than 131% in the last 15 years.  Drivers should share the road with motorcyclists, and be extra vigilant when they are nearby.  The following are some safety tips all drivers should observe when sharing the road with motorcyclists:

 

  • Passenger car drivers must allow greater following distance behind a motorcycle.
  • Drivers must show extra care in intersections.  Most crashes occur when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of the motorcycle.
  • Drivers should never try to share a lane with a motorcycle.  Always give a motorcycle the full lane width.

Motorcyclists also have a responsibility when sharing the road with drivers.  Motorcyclists should:

 

  • Avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
  • Position their motorcycles to avoid a driver's blind spot.
  • Use turn signals for every turn or lane change.

Many crashes occur because motorcycles are hidden in a vehicle's blind spot.  Drivers should always make a visual check for motorcyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.

 

 



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as:  "When individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property."


Some other organizations and communities define aggressive driving as, "the operation of a motor vehicle involving three or more moving violations as part of a single continuous sequence of driving acts, which is likely to endanger any person or property."


Some behaviors typically associated with aggressive driving include:


  • exceeding the posted speed limit
  • following too closely
  • erratic or unsafe lane changes
  • improper signaling when changing lanes, or failure to signal
  • failure to obey traffic control devices (stop signs, yield signs, traffic signals, railroad grade cross signals, etc.).


Law enforcement agencies typically include red light running as part of their definition of aggressive driving.  The NHTSA calls the act of red light running as one of the most dangerous forms of aggressive driving.




 

The Pineville town-wide speed limit is 35 mph, unless otherwise noted.  The speed limit is 20 mph on Main Street.  The Pineville Police Department will be strictly enforcing these limits.  Be sure to observe the posted limits if you do not wish to receive a ticket.

 

 



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