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Officials Offer Safety Tips For Sharing The Road With Motorcyclists

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LANSING MICH. (WLNS) - With the recent motorcycle accidents in Mid-Michigan, police are warning drivers to be more cautious when driving around this summer.

“Motorcyclists are not out in poor weather so we do see an increase in these crashes,” said Lt. Greg Frenger with the Meridian Township Police Department.

Just yesterday a woman was thrown from her bike in East Lansing.

And today an accident in Okemos involving a van, pickup truck and bike sent four people to the hospital.

Many of the accidents officials say---happen- because motorists don't see the bikes.

“They're a lot smaller obviously than cars, sometimes they move quicker between lanes and they can surprise you being in blind spots” said Captain Jeff Murphy with the East Lansing Police Department.

 “People driving cars, please look out for motorcyclists, look a little harder,  I mean its summer ,” said Doug Sandberg, sales manager at Full Throttle Motorsports.

Officials say it is also a good idea to drive more cautiously when behind a motorcyclist.

“A lot of times they won’t stop as quick so it is advisable to give some extra space,” said Murphy.

Experts say motorcycle riders can do their part too...they say they should wear protective gear like a leather jacket and leather boots and never go riding.
without a helmet.

“Helmets save lives,” said Sandberg.

Wherever your travels take you this summer--know that you'll probably see motorcyclists on the road. And riders and officers alike urge you to be careful so accidents can be avoided.

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