Don’t Drive Distracted, Especially with Increased Motorcycle Traffic

 

The yearly two-wheel pilgrimage to Sturgis is at the half way mark.

Still, the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol remind all motorists to be extra vigilant while driving.

“We have a lot of motorcyclists converging in one area during that week,” said WHP Lt. Kyle McKay. “Motorists need to be patient with the extra traffic this time of year. Motorcyclists also need to give themselves a little bit more space between themselves and other motorists on the highway to ensure everyone is safe.”

All of northeast Wyoming can expect extra patrols for Hulett’s Ham N’ Jam event Wednesday, Aug. 7.

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“We’re looking for impaired driving, distracted driving, unsafe passing and following too close,” McKay said. “We look for seat-belt violations, child restraint violations, and anything that we deem as unsafe.”

Although the rally is an annual occurrence, some safety tips are worth a reminder.

Motorcyclists should:

  • Wear high-visibility clothing, a helmet, and other safety protection when driving.
  • Commit to riding alcohol and drug-free.
  • Keep headlights on to provide even more visibility.
  • Know local traffic laws.
  • Obey traffic lights, speeds, and signs.

Motorists should:

  • Stay alert when they see a motorcycle’s turn signal activated.
  • Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • Be extra careful at intersections.
  • Allow a greater following distance behind a motorcycle. Give about a three-to-four-second following distance. That will give the motorist more time to maneuver or stop behind a motorcycle in an emergency.