AUSTIN, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Texas DPS wants to remind drivers to use extra caution around motorcycles on roads and highways.
May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness month and DPS recommends that all drivers "Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles."
"Whether you're in a car or on a motorcycle, it is important to always drive safely and follow all traffic laws," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "By also following some simple but important safety tips, both vehicle drivers and motorcyclists can share the road, increase overall safety and prevent traffic crashes."
Motorcycles and their operators are more exposed and are easily overlooked because of their smaller size. Because of this, motorcyclists are more vulnerable while on the road.
According to TxDOT, 501 motorcyclists were killed and more than 2,100 seriously injured in Texas crashes in 2017. Many of the fatalities were from crashes involving motorcycles and cars or trucks.
People can reduce their chances of being involved in a motorcycle crash by performing visual checks on mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes of traffic. Always signal before changing lanes and allow for more following distance. Never tailgate as motorcycles can stop quicker than cars in dry weather. Use protective gear while driving or riding a motorcycle. Never drive while distracted and don't drink and drive.