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Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Lining up with Delmarva Bike Week

Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Begins Sept. 11 Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Begins Sept. 11

DOVER, Del. –The Delaware Office of Highway Safety is teaming up with state and local law enforcement to remind motorists and motorcyclists to "See & Be Seen" during Delmarva Bike Week.

From Sept. 11-15, law enforcement across the state will patrol high crash roadways to ensure that both motorists and motorcyclists are riding and driving safely. Police are reminding motorists to look twice for motorcyclists before pulling out from an intersection, and motorcyclists are reminded that they need to comply with the state's motorcycle safety laws.

According to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, agencies participating in the increased enforcement include Bethany Beach PD, Dewey Beach PD, Dover PD, Fenwick Island PD, Georgetown PD, Lewes PD, Milford PD, Milton PD, New Castle County PD, Newark PD, Rehoboth Beach PD and Delaware State Police.

This year Delaware has experienced 15 motorcycle fatalities compared to 14 at this time last year, according to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety.

The Office of Highway Safety issued these tips for drivers:

  • Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has all the rights of the road as any other motorist.
  • Allow the motorcycle full width of a lane at all times.
  • Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful: motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten. Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
  • Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
  • Always allow more following distance when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
  • Never drive distracted or impaired.

The Office of Highway Safety said motorcyclists can increase their safety by following these steps:

  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
  • Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
  • Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
  • Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers.
  • Never ride distracted or impaired.

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