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DPS advises motorcycle safety awareness

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WESLACO, Texas (KVEO) — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) want to remind all drivers to remain aware of motorcyclists particularly at intersections, where most motorcycle accidents happen.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2019 more than 7,500 motorcycle accidents were reported and 406 resulted in death. Those numbers average out to more than a death a day. Officials say accidents in 2019 have increased compared to 2018 statistics.

DPS Staff Lieutenant, Christopher Olivarez says nearly half of those who died from motorcycle crashes in 2019, were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

“During major holidays when there’s more congested traffic…there’s a lot more traffic on the roadways, on the highways, that’s where motorcyclist are probably more likely to be in danger if they don’t follow these basic safety measures that we are putting out for this month,” he explained.

DPS is using social media platforms to educate and remind the public of basic safety measures to keep in mind. Some of those safety measures include:

• Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering
or exiting a lane of traffic and at intersections.
• Always assume motorcycles are closer than they appear to be.
• Use turn signals before changing lanes or when preparing to turn.
• Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely — in many situations—a motorcycle can stop quicker
than other vehicles.
• Wear protective gear when riding on a motorcycle.
• Never drive or ride while distracted.
• Don’t drink and drive when operating a motorcycle or any vehicle.
• Obey posted speed limits.

In the state of Texas, adults 18 years and older must take a DPS approved motorcycle safety course to obtain a license to operate a motorcycle.

A certificate is granted upon completing the safety course and that certificate must be renewed every two years.

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