"Because of a motorcycle's low crash protection and high performance capabilities, the motorcyclist is at a high risk for being killed or severely injured in a collision," says Shannon Ell, Supervisor of SGI's Traffic Safety Promotion.
In the five-year period from 1997 to 2001 there were 957 collisions involving motorcycles in Saskatchewan.
They resulted in 685 injuries and 14 deaths.
"These statistics are especially alarming for Saskatchewan, since the riding season is only five or six months," Ell
advises drivers to remember that motorcycles are more agile than cars, making their movements more difficult to predict.
It's important to keep a safe following distance-just as you would behind any other vehicle.
Following a motorcycle too closely might distract the rider from the road, which can lead to a crash, says Ell
Motorcycles need a full lane width like all other vehicles.
A good rider is constantly changing positions within a lane to increase his
ability to see and be seen, and to avoid objects on the road.
"Never move into the same lane with a motorcycle," Ell
Shannon Ell, Supervisor
Traffic Safety Promotion