Reporting Deputy: Josh Robertson
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Palm Desert, and Rancho Mirage Calif. — May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, reminds drivers to check twice for motorcycles.
Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than vehicle occupants. In 2019, there were 474 motorcycle deaths on California roads.
To help protect you and your family, keep the following tips in mind while driving or riding:
- Always check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
- Do not follow a motor cycle closely. Always keep a safe distance.
- If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Be sure that the rider is turning before moving ahead.
- Always wear a U.S. DOT-compliant helmet with eye protection.
- Wear leather or other sturdy clothing such as a jacket, pants, boots with nonskid soles and gloves. Add reflective strips or decals to your clothing and motorcycle to make it easier for other drivers to see you.
- Ride defensively. Don’t assume a driver can see you. Avoid riding in a driver’s blind spot.
- Always keep your lights on, even during the day.
Lastly, both drivers and riders should never drive/ride distracted under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
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