May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

OPP remind drivers that safety-conscious behaviors like maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles and being alert to their surroundings can reduce the number of motorcycle fatalities.

OPP reminds drivers that basic behaviors like keeping a safe distance from other vehicles and paying attention to their surroundings can help reduce the risk of motorcycle fatalities.

Last year saw the highest number of motorcyclist deaths since 2017, with 44 riders losing their lives in collisions.

OPP investigations into motorcycle fatalities reveal that failing to yield the right of way, going too fast, and careless driving all played a role. With motorcyclists responsible for 61% of fatalities and drivers of other vehicles responsible for 39% of the deaths, the data points to poor and careless behavior on the part of both riders and other drivers.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and OPP would like to remind all drivers—including motorcyclists—to drive defensively, attentively, and without using any drugs or alcohol. The best way to increase your visibility to other drivers is to wear bright, protective gear and clothing. For residents and visitors of Ontario, a safe and enjoyable summer is ensured by every driver doing their part.

The OPP is dedicated to saving lives on Ontario’s roads, waterways, and trails, and part of that commitment includes promoting motorcycle safety through public education and enforcement.


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