Warm weather means more motorcycles on the road and that means a word of caution to motorists everywhere.
Motorcycles are on the road all year round, but it's a good reminder this time of year to be alert to even more motorcycles sharing the back roads and highways during the summer months.
The Ohio Highway Patrol reports that from 2009 to 2011 motorcycle-involved crashes resulted in more than 500 deaths and more than 11,400 injuries. In 2011 alone, there were 167 fatal motorcycle crashes.
We urge both motorcyclists and other drivers to be alert and stay safe.
The patrol offers these tips to motorists:
Motorcyclists are also asked to be extra careful. They are asked to make sure they are driving with the proper license and certification and it's urged that motorcyclists never drive drunk. The patrol reports that in 2011, nearly half of the fatal motorcycle accidents involved an impaired driver.
We would add that wearing a helmet at all times as well as protective clothing can also help to keep motorcyclists safe.
Summer is for sun and fun. Take care on the roadways and look out for one another.