Illinois State Police Offer Tips For Motorcycle Safety

As riding season approaches, the Illinois State Police, in partnership with several other organizations, recently kicked off their “Gear Up-Ride Smart” campaign. Trooper Jeff Yenchko of District 18 shared some tips to remember before jumping on the bike.

“People riding motorcycles, we just want them to be safe,” Trooper Yenchko told WGEL. “We would like them to wear a helmet. That way if there is a crash, they’ll be protected. And remember also not to get into a hurry — don’t try to go around cars in traffic. And make sure that they follow the laws, just as the cars do. Take their time getting from point A to point B so they can have a safe trip.”

As part of “Gear Up-Ride Smart,” State Police are reminding riders that alcohol and motorcycle riding do not mix.

Although motorcycles represent three percent of total vehicle registrations, they account for 16 percent of all vehicle fatalities. So state police say riders should always be conscious of what’s ahead and never ride beyond their capabilities.