State launches summer motorcycle safety campaign

June 26, 2012

By Staff

The state Department of Licensing launched a safety outreach campaign last month to reduce motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities throughout the summer.

The agency’s “Look Twice, Save a Life” campaign is geared to reach millions of motorists across the state and motorcycle owners.

Riders can be difficult to see on busy roads because of motorcycles’ smaller size and profile. Motorists should take extra time to be aware of what’s around them.

Since 2008, the number of other drivers failing to yield the right of way to motorcyclists has dropped by about 20 percent, according to collision data compiled by the state Department of Transportation.

The top three rider causes of motorcycle crashes rank as alcohol or drug impairment, improper lane position and speeding.

To legally operate a motorcycle on Washington roads, a rider must have a driver’s license endorsement — or his or her bike could be impounded even after a simple traffic stop. The licensing agency offers information for unendorsed riders at www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/motorcycles.html.

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