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CDOT launches statewide campaign asking drivers to watch for motorcycles

Colorado records its 100th motorcycle death of the year

With the launch of the new campaign comes the debut of a CDOT vehicle wrapped with a safety message. The visual depicts a motorcycle crash in which the motorcyclists is thrown from his bike. The CDOT fleet car will be seen driving throughout the Denver metro area over the next two months.
Colorado Department of Transportation

It has been a difficult year, even for motorcyclists on Colorado roadways. With fatal motorcycle crashes up 12% over last year, a new partnership between the Colorado Department of Transportation and Grease Monkey is addressing this trend by reminding motorists to watch for motorcyclists.

 “Since January, Colorado has seen a startling increase in motorcyclist fatalities and the state is expected to exceed the number of fatalities from last year,” said Darrell Lingk, CDOT Director of the Office of Transportation Safety, in a news release. “With the fall riding season approaching and many riders currently enjoying the warm weather, we are urging drivers to use caution and be aware of motorcyclists. Drivers, please remember to look twice and save a life.”

As a reminder to watch for motorcycles, Grease Monkey will be placing safety stickers on vehicles receiving oil changes at 64 Grease Monkey locations throughout Colorado. There will be 60,000 window stickers distributed over the next two months to all drivers getting their oil changed.

“Grease Monkey hopes getting this message out will help save a life,” said Wes Stephenson, president and chief operations officer for Grease Monkey, in the release. “As a motorcyclist myself, safety on Colorado’s roadways is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone needs to do their part to make the roads a safe place to drive and ride.”

 With the launch of the new campaign also comes the debut of a CDOT vehicle wrapped with a safety message. The visual depicts a motorcycle crash in which the motorcyclists is thrown from his bike. The CDOT fleet car will be seen driving throughout the Denver metro area over the next two months.

Tips while driving

CDOT reminds drivers to be more aware of motorcycles and suggest drivers:

  • Check blind spots: Since motorcycles are much smaller than cars, it is easy for them to get lost in blind spots. Before making any lane changes, thoroughly check all blind spots and use traffic signals.
  • Look twice: When making lane changes, turns, merging and other traffic changes, check twice to save a life. 
  • Use extra caution when turning left: Motorcycles are smaller which makes it hard for drivers to determine their speed accurately. When making left turns, look carefully for motorcyclists as the eye is not trained to detect them, then take the time to more accurately gauge their speed before entering the intersection.
  • Never follow motorcyclists too closely: Motorcycles and their riders can slow down quicker than cars. Giving riders more space than a car ensures that drivers have enough time to slow or stop.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving: Being mindful and aware of driving situations, changes on the roadways and other unexpected incidents increases the safety for drivers and motorcyclists.

Facts and statistics:

  • To date, there have been 100 motorcycle fatalities in 2020. This is up 12% from 89 at the same time last year.
  • In 2019, there was a total of 103 motorcycle fatalities.
  • Motorcyclists make up 23% of all deaths on Colorado roadways yet represent just 3% of the vehicles.

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