July –Motorcycle Safety
Summer is in full gear – remember to watch for motorcycles – they are smaller vehicles and may be difficult to see. Allow more following distance and always signal your intentions before changing lanes/merging into traffic. For more safety tips on sharing the road safely, visit www.JustDrivePA.com. And, if you are a motorcycle rider, you know that car drivers don’t always see you. For your safety, consider taking a motorcycle safety course. Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Safety Program offers free courses March through October at roughly 70 locations across PA. For more information and to enroll in a course, visit www.pamsp.com. And, check out www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com when you get a chance. The website offers great resources for riders, including rider tips, information on motorcycle gear and upkeep and popular motorcycle routes in PA. Oh, and did you know that while the use of all protective gear is always encouraged, PA law requires you to wear a helmet if you are under 21. For those over 21, Pa law requires you to wear a helmet if you have not been licensed to operate a motorcycle for at least 2 years or have completed a motorcycle safety course. Additionally, all riders are required to wear eye-protective devices unless operating a motorized pedalcycle or a three-wheeled motorcycle equipped with an enclosed cab. And if you are under 18 and want a motorcycle license, you must take the PAMSP training course.
Visit PennDOT’s You Tube channel for additional Motorcycle Safety Videos at: http://www.youtube.com/user/PennsylvaniaDOT
August – School Bus Safety
It’s that time when school buses are everywhere. If a school bus has its lights flashing and stop arm extended, you must stop. The only exception is if you are on the other side of a highway divided by a concrete barrier or grassy median. If you are following or traveling alongside a school bus, the law also requires you to stop at least 10 feet away. Learn more about the school bus stopping law and penalties for violations at www.JustDrivePA.com.
(National Stop on Red Week as it appears on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Calendar is Aug. 15-Sept. 1)