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KTA encourages motorcycle safety awareness

050716-motorcycle-monthWICHITA, Kan. –  May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Kansas Turnpike Authority reminds drivers to “share the road” to help prevent motorcycle accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities accounted for 14 percent of all highway fatalities in 2014. Over half of those accidents were found to be the motorist’s fault, not the motorcycle driver.

To prevent a motorcycle crash, all drivers are urged to never drive distracted, regularly check blind spots and mirrors, use signals when changing lanes or turning, allow motorcycles use of the full traffic lane and give more distance when following a motorcycle.

Motorcyclists are advised to take precautions, too. Tips to help remain safe on the road include: Always wear a helmet, even if state law does not require it; cancel turn signals when complete if not automatically done; ride in the middle of the lane to increase visibility; follow all traffic laws and wear protective clothing, such as riding jackets and boots.

To encourage motorcycle safety and prevent stopping at tollbooths, KTA waives the hard-cased K-TAG purchased fee (the type of tag that works on bikes) for motorcyclists who supply their motorcycle license plate information. K-TAGs are available by calling 800-USE-KTAG. Video instructions for the best locations for tag placement can be viewed at bit.ly/1tl3LN2.

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