Nice Weather Brings Call for Motorcycle Safety Awareness

(Lincoln, Neb.)- With a pre-spring warm up forecast for the Cornhusker state, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is reminding all motorists of the need to “share the road” in an effort to reduce and prevent serious injury and fatality crashes involving motorcycles.

In 2015, 26 people were killed in crashes involving motorcycles  on Nebraska roadways. There were 20 motorcycle fatalities in 2014 and 14 in 2013.  According data from the Nebraska Department of Roads, six of the 26 motorcycle fatalities that occurred in 2015 happened during the months of January and March.

“I know it is still winter, but along with the forecast for warmer weather comes an anticipated increase in motorcycle traffic on our roadways,” said Colonel Bradley Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We are hoping to increase awareness and encourage all drivers to watch out for each other.”

With a much smaller profile, motorcycles are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look. Motorists are encouraged to always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors or blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.

Motorcyclists are reminded they must obey the same rules of the road as the rest of the motoring public. Nebraska law requires motorcycle riders and passengers to wear a DOT compliant helmet. A Class M (motorcycle) license or Class M endorsement on a regular operator’s license is also required.

Colonel Rice said, “A big part of roadway safety is sharing the responsibility and watching out for one another. We hope you’ll join us by doing your part.”