Drivers reminded to share the road during motorcycle safety month

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – It’s starting to warm up outside so don’t be surprised if you see a motorcycle passing you in the fast lane.

May is motorcycle safety month. 6 News Mariah Harrison dug into the latest numbers and crash reports involving motorcycles and tells us why it’s important to learn how to share the road.

In 2014 more than 4,500 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes. That’s about 14 percent of the total deaths caused by traffic accidents.

Roughly 40 percent of a vehicles outer perimeter is blocked by blind spots, meaning a motorcycle could be riding right next to you and you may not see them.

Michigan law does allow a motorcyclist the ability to decide whether or not to wear a helmet.

But it’s important to note just over 40 percent of motorcyclist involved in deadly crashes weren’t wearing helmets.

The state does offer motorcycle training courses as well as Lansing Community College.

If you’d like to register for one of those classes, visit:

Lansing Community College: http://www.lcc.edu/lifelong/community/motorcylesafety/

State of Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1627_46351—,00.html

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