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.
NATIONAL POLICE WEEK
May 14 - 20, 2017 is National Police Week. During this week, the country memorializes officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. In 2016, there were 144 line of duty deaths. In 2017, there have already been 41 deaths nationwide. This is an increase of 22% from last year at this time.
To commemorate fallen officers, the City of Charlotte will be hosting a Peace Officer Memorial Parade on May 19, 2017. The event will begin at 9:45 AM on the front steps of the CMPD Headquarters (610 E. Trade St.). There will be a procession from there down Davidson Street to the First Baptist Church located at 301 S. Davidson St., where the ceremonies will continue. The best place to view the procession will be along Davidson St., between Trade St. and 3rd St. Three Pineville officers will be participating in the parade as an honor guard member, a wreath bearer, and as the driver of one of our vehicles in the procession. The entire event will last about 2.5 hours. All members of the community are welcome to attend all or part of the ceremonies.
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.