Tx-DOT asks you to "look twice" for motorcyclists

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

DENISON, TEXAS -- "Motorists just simply don't see motorcycles," Texas Department of Transportation worker Patsy Walls said.

Today in Denison, Texas transportation and public safety officials teamed up to encourage drivers to look twice for motorcyclists.

"Since it's smaller than your average vehicle, it's a little more difficult to see," Texas State Trooper Mark Tackett said.

"People pull out in front of you all the time," Denison motorcyclist Lyndol Irby III said.

Tx-DOT says that in 2011, 470 Texas motorcyclists were killed in accidents. More than 5,700 bikers were severely injured.

"That's the problem out there on the roadways. Look twice for motorcycles. Seeing them is saving them," Walls said.

Tx-DOT also says that without "aggressive steps" to make roads safer for bikers, the state's death toll could double by 2015.

"People just need to be more cautious and pay more attention to other motorcycles," Irby said.

Drivers need to be extra aware for summertime.

"The month of June is the height of motorcycle season in Texas. There's more bikers on the road. So we want people to realize that through June and July, people need to be more aware of those motorcycles," Tackett said.

In Denison, Allison Harris, First News.

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  • by Robin Location: Denison on Jul 17, 2012 at 04:27 PM
    I see some valid comments and some emotional comments here, but the simple fact is that motorcycles are out there on the roads, same as you in your Yukon or your Kia. Those motorcyclists who do speed and weave and do tricks on the highways certainly need to be stopped. Perception is reality and when a motorist sees a few hotshots on bikes, the perception is that the other 1/2 million motorcyclists in Texas must be the same, they're not. They are veterans, teachers, doctors, mothers, grandfathers, lawyers, aunts, uncles, mechanics, judges, legislators, cashiers, daughters and sons... and on and on. Another fact is most motorcylists are obeying the traffic laws, and sharing the road with your cars & trucks. Give those who choose to ride motorcycles the same respect on the road as you do the big trucks and cars ... pay attention to your driving, get off phone, put down the book, spit out the hamburger and LOOK TWICE. Motorcyclists are trained, before they can get a motorcycle license, in driving safely on the road with vehicles and how to best avoid a crash. Isn't it time we do a better job of educating motorists, ALL motorists, on the importance of sharing the road with motorcycles? Do you want to have to live with killing or injuring a motorcyclist because you "Didn't see them"? PLEASE Drive Aware, Motorcycles are out there ... and will continue to be.
  • by Motorcycle Rider Location: Denison on Jun 20, 2012 at 09:05 AM
    Everyone talks about motorcyclist going faster than other cars and weaving in and out of people, well the same can be said for the people driving the cars. I see cars doing the same thing every day as well. The fact is that motorcyclists are a lot harder to see than a car and that everyone needs to learn to share the road. All you need to do is look twice, how hard can it be when it comes to saving someones life.
  • by Michael Location: Denison on Jun 19, 2012 at 04:48 PM
    To Doc Your question. #1 motorcycles are more visible next to the center stripe. #2 all the oil and transmission fluid leaks from autos in the center of the road. #3 The rider has to see the brakes lights on cars in front of the one he is following #4 It gives the rider a escape route if a auto cuts in on him/her. #5 and last check the motorcycle driver manual from the state..
  • by Ronda on Jun 19, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    I agree we all need to be more cautious on the road to both autos and motorcycles, but on a daily basis I see motorcycles traveling faster than the average vehicle and zooming in and out of the cars. This is seen a lot more than most cyclist care to admit.
  • by jmo on Jun 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    they should stop riding them...
  • by Doc Location: Durant on Jun 19, 2012 at 07:26 AM
    "Looking twice" is easy, and both times you will see most motorcycles within a foot or two of the center line. Not sure why so many ride that close to the line.
  • by cls Location: denison on Jun 18, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    This goes both ways...Personally I'm really tired of hearing about it, can't tell you how many times I've had them pull out in front of me or that I've seen them weaving in and out of traffic like idiots. Respect for mother's on the roads should be everyone's responsibility.
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      by Resident on Jun 19, 2012 at 09:28 AM in reply to cls
      I agree if they want to ride they take their chances like everyone else. They should wear reflective clothing to increase their visibility & wear helmets, of course that wouldn't be cool right? If I see you I will give you every courtesy but bikes are inherently dangerous it is up to you to drive defensively and make yourself more visible on the road.
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