The month of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says, with these warm temperatures, they’re seeing more crashes involving motorcycles on Ohio’s roadways.
The Highway Patrol wants to make it clear that everyone needs to be alert because crashes with motorcycles are likely to cause more injuries.
Trooper Garry Odom of the Findlay Post says motorcycle safety is everyone’s responsibility.
Over a five-year stretch, the Highway Patrol saw nearly 19,000 motorcycle-related crashes on Ohio highways.
The Highway Patrol wants to remind motorcyclists that they need to be properly trained in motorcycle safety, have a motorcycle endorsement, always wear a helmet, and not consume alcohol or drugs when operating a motorcycle.
And they’re asking everyone else on the roadways to always pay attention for motorcycles.
Ohio law requires helmets for riders under 18 and drivers with less than one year of motorcycle experience.
Passengers on motorcycles must also wear a helmet when the driver is required to do so.
Hancock Public Health and the Highway Patrol recently held a motorcycle safety event at American Powersports in Findlay.