By Lethbridge Herald on July 20, 2015.
By chief Rob Davis
Live to ride, ride to live.
Look twice, save a life.
Motorcyclists should be seen and not hurt.
Road rash is a preventable disease.
Cars have bumpers, bikers have bones.
Best ride ever/last ride ever — it’s a fine line.
All of these slogans have been used at one time or another to promote motorcycle safety and whether you drive a car or ride a motorcycle, every time you’re on the road try to keep them in the back of your mind.
July is motorcycle safety month in Alberta and all drivers share in the responsibility to keep our roads safe and prevent collisions.
According to Alberta Transportation, over the past five years 3,415 motorcycles were involved in casualty collisions that resulted in 155 deaths and 3,548 injuries. Motorcycles are less visible and stable than cars and in the event of a collision the operator is more likely to be injured because they don’t have the same level of protection as someone inside a vehicle.
So what can motorcyclists do to reduce the chance of being involved in a collision? Drive defensively. It’s important for motorcyclists to stay out of vehicle blind spots, be alert, watch for hazards such as loose gravel or potholes, make eye contact with other drivers before making a move and be aware of what is going on behind them to avoid rear-end collisions. Proper protective gear is also a must, including appropriate eyewear, footwear, clothing and a helmet. Legal helmets in Alberta must be certified as safe by the Canadian Standards Association, American Standards Association, The SNELL Memorial Foundation or the British Standards Association and labelled accordingly.
If you are the driver of a car, truck or SUV, there are also a few things you should be doing to share the road safely with motorcycles. Always look twice for motorcycles before you enter an intersection or change lanes and never underestimate the speed a motorcycle is travelling. Their size makes their speed deceptive.
For more information about motorcycle safety, visit saferoads.com and check out the video on the Lethbridge Regional Police Facebook page.
Crime Stoppers and the Lethbridge Regional Police Service need your help in solving a series of property crimes.
Overnight July 12 and during the early morning hours July 13, unknown culprits entered a number of unlocked vehicles along Firelight Way and Firelight Crescent. In several of the cases garage door openers were taken from the vehicles and subsequently used to gain entry to garages. In total, more than $10,000 worth of property was stolen in these incidents.
If you have any information on these property crimes, text “tip232” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), call 1-800-222-8477, or submit tips online at http://www.tipsubmit.com.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest. Remember you will not have to attend court or testify, and you will remain anonymous. We want your information, not your name.
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