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Warm weather enjoyed
by motorcycle owners

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(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) - The South Bruce OPP would like to alert drivers to the motorcyclists who are heading out on area roadways now that the warm weather is here. All drivers must share the roadway and drive courteously to avoid any potentially dangerous situations that may arise.

Watch for motorcycles at intersections – over one-third of motorcycle collisions are intersection related.

  • Be sure that you are safe to proceed before doing so by checking your mirrors and around your car.

  • Slow down as you come to an intersection and look carefully for traffic, yield signs, Stop signs, traffic lights, cyclists and pedestrians.

  • Be extra cautious when turning left in front of a motorcycle. It’s difficult to judge the motorcycle's speed and its turn signal may be accidentally left on as it doesn't automatically shut off.

Watch for clues. Motorcycle turn signals can be hard to see.

  • Watch for signs, such as shoulder checking or leaning that indicate the rider is going to turn or change lanes.

Carefully assess an oncoming motorcycle’s speed.

  • A motorcycle is more difficult to see than other vehicles and its profile is smaller from most angles.

  • Drivers can easily misjudge a motorcycle’s speed and distance.

  • Make sure you don't pull out in front of, or cut off, a motorcycle.

 

Respect motorcyclists - they are just as entitled to use the road as you are.
  • Speed and other aggressive tactics such as tailgating can potentially be more dangerous to the motorcyclist, who has less protection on a smaller, open vehicle.

  • Give other drivers space to change lanes, avoid cutting them off and signal your turns and lane changes properly.

Aggressive or unsafe drivers need to be reported to police.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


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