July 14, 2024 9:37 pm

Glendale Police Department Promotes Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May, the Glendale Police Department is emphasizing the importance of drivers looking twice for motorcycles. The department encourages safe driving habits and shared responsibility on the roads to ensure everyone’s safety.

Glendale Police Sergeant Ryan Gunn reminds drivers to be extra cautious before changing lanes, as motorcycles may be challenging to spot. He emphasizes that a simple double take could prevent a tragic crash, considering that motorcycle riders lack the same protections as drivers and passengers.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, there were 6,218 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes in 2022. Motorcyclists were significantly more likely to die or get injured in a crash compared to passenger car occupants.

Throughout the month, the Glendale Police Department will conduct motorcycle safety enforcement activities.

To enhance safety for drivers and riders alike, the following tips are recommended:

For Drivers:

  • Always check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Maintain a safe following distance from motorcycles.
  • Exercise caution when approaching motorcycles with turn signals activated.

For Motorcyclists:

  • Wear a U.S. DOT-compliant helmet with eye protection.
  • Dress in sturdy clothing and add reflective strips or decals for visibility.
  • Ride defensively and avoid riding in blind spots.

Additionally, both drivers and riders should avoid distractions and never operate under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.