State Patrol reminds motorists to share the road this spring

Posted By: KLKN Newsroom

From Nebraska State Patrol:

With spring around the corner and warmer temperatures forecast for the Cornhusker state, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is reminding all motorists of the need to “share the road” in an effort to reduce and prevent serious injury and fatality crashes involving motorcycles.

To-date in 2015, three people have been killed in crashes involving motorcycles. The three fatal crashes occurred in January, in Dodge (1), Douglas (1) and Lancaster (1) Counties. In 2014, 20 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes on Nebraska roads, compared to 14 motorcycle fatalities in 2013.

With a much smaller profile, motorcycles are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look. Motorists are encouraged to always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors or blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.

Motorcyclists are reminded they must obey the same rules of the road as the rest of the motoring public. Nebraska law requires motorcycle rides and passengers to wear a DOT-compliant helmet. A Class M (motorcycle) license or Class M endorsement on a regular operator’s license is also required.

Acting Superintendent Lt. Colonel Thomas Schwarten said, “Roadway safety is a shared responsibility. By taking the extra time to watch out for each other, we can work together to make this spring a safe one.”