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 In recognition of May as national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is encouraging motorists to take extra precautions and “look twice” for motorcyclists, especially on city streets and at intersections.

 “One of the most common misconceptions among drivers is that most motorcycle crashes happen on highways,” Benson said. “But crash statistics tell a different story. Motorcyclists are most likely to be involved in a crash with another vehicle on urban and suburban streets and at intersections.”

 A rider and motorcycle present a smaller profile compared to the size of most cars and trucks, meaning drivers miss them or do not immediately identify them as part of the traffic mix, with vehicles turning left at intersections being a particular risk. Motorists often fail to see an approaching rider in the oncoming lane and turn in front of them. That is why it is critical drivers be especially attentive in known high-risk crash areas, such as when making left turns and on city streets.

 Know their signals. Motorcyclists often use hand signals, similar to bicyclists, to let others know their intentions on the road. A right turn is signaled by a left arm raised, a left turn by the left arm straight out to the side and a stop by the left arm downward.

 Keep your distance. Many motorcyclists slow down by downshifting, which won’t activate the brake light. Allow yourself extra space when you’re following a motorcyclist, particularly on busy city streets.

MOTORCYCLE CRASH STATS

2018

(most recent stats from Michigan State Police)

Genesee County:

96 crashes, 2 fatalities

Livingston County:

49 crashes, 5 fatalities

Oakland County:

220 crashes, 12 fatalities

Michigan:

2,648 crashes, 126 fatalities

2017

Genesee County:

98 crashes, 3 fatalities

Livingston County:

52 crashes, 1 fatality

Oakland County:

273 crashes, 7 fatalities

Michigan:

2,886 crashes, 131 fatalities

2016

Genesee County:

134 crashes, 5 fatalities

Livingston County:

61 crashes, 1 fatality

Oakland County:

312 crashes, 15 fatalities

Michigan:

3,274 crashes, 138 fatalities

Source: michigan/gov/msp

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