APSO says ‘Look out for Motorcycles’

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley encourages drivers to “look out for motorcycles.”

In a release sent last week from the APSO, Sheriff Wiley said, drivers need to remember that motorcycles are often difficult to see. By not driving distracted, drivers can focus on the road and be more aware of motorcycles and other traffic situations.

“Please remember that motorcycles are legal vehicles and have the same rights as other types of motor vehicles,” Sheriff Wiley said in the release.

The APSO’s Motors Division rides as a part of its profession and some as well as in their time off.  That division is committed to training, because it is through ongoing training that it is able to ride safely in all types of conditions. 

“Join them in being a safe motorist,” the release said.

Wiley and the APSO released tips for motorcyclists to consider in their ongoing efforts to be safe on the road:

• Take a motorcycle safety course.  If you haven’t ridden a motorcycle for a long time, take a course even if you already have your license.  If you have been riding for years, consider taking an advanced motorcycle safety course to enhance / refresh your safety skills.

• Make sure your motorcycle is in good condition.  Check your tires (proper tire pressure is critical), lights, and overall mechanical condition.  Mechanical failure on a motorcycle can cause drastically different problems than with a car or truck.

• Take steps to make yourself extra visible to the motorists around you.  Wearing reflective or high visibility clothing, lighting, and riding with the assumption that car and truck drivers don’t see you will go a long way to preventing a tragedy.

• Wear and use good motorcycle safety protective gear.

• Ride responsibly!  Speeding, loss of control, and impaired riding are the leading causes of motorcycle crashes. As a matter of fact, the majority of motorcycle crashes do not involve another motor vehicle.

• Always avoid drinking and riding.  Motorcycling requires balance, judgment, coordination and sensitivity to surroundings, all of which can be negatively affected by even relatively small amounts of alcohol.