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    May Traffic Safety Awareness – Motorcycle Safety

    The Thousand Oaks Police Department continues to promote traffic safety within the community. In an effort to recognize certain hazards while driving, the Traffic Bureau is continuing a monthly traffic awareness reminder program, addressing a traffic topic each month. While we focus on a specific topic each month, it’s always imperative to constantly strive to follow all rules of the road. The month of May is dedicated to “Motorcycle Safety”.

    A recent study shows roughly 80% of motorcycle collisions result in injury or death compared to that of an automobile which is around 20%.

    If you choose to ride a motorcycle, here are some safety tips we recommend:

    1. A motorcyclist should attend a motorcycle rider-training course to learn how to safely operate a motorcycle. A motorcyclist has to be more careful and aware at intersections, where most motorcycle collisions occur.
    2. Never ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet. Choose a helmet that has a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) label on it. This is the most important piece of equipment. Safety helmets save lives by reducing the extent of head injuries in the event of a crash. Many good helmets are available. Make sure it fits comfortably and snugly, and is fastened for the ride.
    3. Wear the appropriate shoes, gloves and clothing.
    4. Drive defensively. Be especially alert at intersections. Check the rearview mirrors before changing lanes or stopping. When changing lanes, use signals and make a visual check to assure that you can change lanes safely.
    5. Maintain a safe speed consistent with driving conditions and your capabilities. Gravel on the road and slippery road surfaces can be hazardous. Avoid sudden braking or turning. Remember speed kills.
    6. Use brakes wisely. Use both brakes together. Brake firmly and progressively and bring the motorcycle upright before stopping. Remember that driving through water can adversely affect the brakes.

    The Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau wants motorcycle riders to enjoy their ride but please do so responsibly.  Experienced motorcyclists often have this advice for new riders: “Assume that you are invisible to other motorists and operate your motorcycle accordingly.” Position yourself to be seen. Ride in the portion of the lane where it is most likely that you will be seen by other motorists. Avoid the car’s “No Zone” (i.e., blind spot). Use your headlights, day and night. All motor vehicles have blind spots where other vehicles cannot be seen with mirrors.

    For more information on motorcycle safety please visit:





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