By Paul Schmitt
With more and more motorcycles cruising on the roads in Wisconsin this spring, motorists are being reminded to be alert for the two-wheel vehicles especially at intersections. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, over 535,000 residents in Wisconsin hold a motorcycle license or permit. Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says all drivers must share the road equally.
The motorcycling community is getting older generally speaking. According to the DOT, the average age of a motorcyclist involved in fatal crashes increased from 30 years old in 1992 to 44 in 2017. Six motorcyclists and one passenger died in traffic accidents last year in Wisconsin. May is National Motorcycle Awareness Month.
Safety tips for motorcyclists:
- Wear all the gear, all the time, including visible and protective equipment
- Pay attention to the road ahead – gravel or other debris on roadways present special challenges for motorcyclists
- Get properly licensed