Motorcycle Safety: staying safe on the road

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis-- Spring has finally arrived. Police and instructors say it’s important to take time and review riding safety.

The Eau Claire Police Department and CVTC Motorcycle Safety Program both stress that motorcyclists need to be vigilant on the road and be aware of their surroundings.

The biggest obstacles riders will face on the road this spring are sandy spots on the road and pot holes.

“You can't crash a motorcycle without being injured maybe it’s just a bruise or a scratch but you are going to be injured,” said Bob Massey CVTC instructor.

Massey has been riding motorcycles for more than 40 years and for the last 18 years he's taught new motorcyclists the rules of the road.

“The biggest skill they have to master is to be able to look for problems and be able to solve it before it becomes an immediate concern. If you see a deer far enough away it’s not a problem. If you see it too close it’s an extreme problem,” said Massey.

He says it's estimated that around 100 people die in motorcycle crashes every year in Wisconsin.

While the causes that lead to the crashes are similar to car crashes; speed, distracted driving and drunk driving. More than half of all motorcycle crashes are fatal.

"Motorcycles are more dangerous because they don't have the same safety features and support that an automobile would have,” said Kyle Roder with ECPD.

Roder says both motorcyclists and car drivers need to be responsible on the road.

"We need motorcyclist to know that they are a smaller vehicle and are not as easily seen. But we also need automobile drivers to understand that motorcycles are out there and they need to take the time to check their blind spots and watch for them," said Roder.

Roder says although helmets are not required by law they can often be the difference between life and death.

Police also recommend people wear protective clothing while riding; including long sleeves, long pants, and closed toed shoes.

The next safety course starts April 21st.