In 2017, nine motorcyclists were killed on Lorain County roads. The Lorain County Safe Communities Coalition works to help keep everyone safe on the road.
Here are some ways everyone can help keep motorcyclists safe on the roads.
Motor vehicle drivers – share the road with motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Drive defensively, drive sober, and pay attention to the road at all times.
Motorcyclists – brush up on your motorcycle knowledge and skills. Attend a Motorcycle Ohio training in near you - visit Motorcycle.Ohio.gov or call 800-837-4337.
When you ride, your gear is “right” if it protects you. In any crash, you have a far better chance of avoiding serious injury if you wear:
- A U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant helmet
- Face or eye protection
- Protective clothes (jackets, sturdy boots or shoes, gloves)
- A DOT-compliant helmet lets you see as far to the sides as needed. In a study of more than 900 motorcycle crashes in which 40% of the riders wore helmets, there were ZERO cases in which a helmet kept a rider from spotting danger
- Most crashes happen on short trips (less than five miles long), just a few minutes after starting out
- Most riders are riding slower than 30 mph when a crash occurs. At these speeds, helmets can cut both the number and the seriousness of head injuries by half. No matter what the speed, helmeted riders are three times more likely to survive head injuries than those not wearing helmets at the time of the crash
There are two main types of helmets: three-quarter and full face. Whichever style you choose, you can get the most protection by making sure that the helmet:
- Is designed to meet DOT and state standards. Helmets with a label from the Snell Memorial Foundation also give you an assurance of quality
- Fits snugly, all the way around
- Has no obvious defects such as cracks, loose padding or frayed straps
Resources & more info:
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Send an email to HealthEd@LorainCountyHealth.com
Or call 440-322-6367