Dave Gourley of Trail was out for an early-season ride on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. Motorists are reminded that, with spring’s arrival, motorcycles are back on the highways. Please be aware.

Kootenay spring brings out the motorcycles

BC RCMP Traffic Services remind motorists to be vigilant for motorcyclists this season

Every spring and summer brings out more vehicles traveling on BC’s roadways, including motorcycles. BC RCMP Traffic Services would like to remind motorists to be vigilant for motorcyclists this season and follow a few easy rules to keep everyone safe on our streets and highways.

According to provincial data, motorcycles make up about 3.5% of insured vehicles on BC’s roads, yet they make up over 10% of total roadway fatalities. On average, 33 riders are killed in 2400 crashes involving motorcycles on BC roads every year.

Police would like to remind motorcyclists about legislation in the Motor Vehicle Act with respect to helmets and seating:

• Motorcycle riders and passengers are required to wear Snell, ECE or DOT compliant helmets; and

• Seating laws require motorcycle riders to keep their feet placed on the foot pegs or floorboards or be seated in a sidecar. Violation of seating requirements will be treated as stunt riding and will result in motorcycle impoundment and fines. Impoundment is mandatory.

Other safety tips include:

• Wear an approved helmet. DOT, Snell or ECE approved helmets are now law in BC. Ensure you display proper label in order to avoid being checked by police. Look for an expiry date and update your helmet if necessary;

• Always carry out a visual inspection of the motorcycle (Tires, oil levels, brakes, gas);

• Ensure your motorcycle adheres to all the safety standards set out in the BC Motor Vehicle Act Regulations: are handlebars at the correct height, are noise levels from the mufflers 89 dB or less, for example;

• Wear highly visible protective gear including jacket, pants, gloves and riding boots. Choose clothing that has fluorescent material and reflective striping;

• Double your awareness, particularly at intersections. Visual contact with all other road users is a must and remains a highly effective way to avoid collisions. More collisions occur at intersections than anywhere else; and

• Always respect speed limits and where needed, adjust your speed for the conditions and when approaching road curves in order to negotiate them properly.

Drivers sharing the road with motorcycles can help prevent a crash by following these easy tips:

• Scan intersections carefully and take an extra moment to look for motorcycles when you’re turning left;

• Stay alert and avoid distractions that take your mind off driving or your eyes off the road;

• Allow at least three or four seconds of following distance when behind a motorcycle and plenty of lane space when you pass; and

• Be ready to yield as a motorcycle is often closer than it seems. Remember it can be hard to tell how fast they’re travelling.

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