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Monroe County Releases Motorcycle Safety Tips after Recent Accidents Involving Cyclists

By Staff


cycleAfter recent deaths involving three area motorcyclists, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, and Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn, have released several tips on motorcycle safety.

“The recent number of accidents involving motorcycles over the past few weeks is concerning,” Dinolfo stated.  “As county executive, the safety and well-being of all Monroe County residents is a top priority. I urge all motorists driving either a passenger vehicle, or a motorcycle, to use extreme caution to avoid accidents.”

In addition, “For the safety of everyone on the road, it is vitally important that drivers stay vigilant, and obey all of the traffic laws,” O’Flynn stated. “During the summer months, when a large number of motorcycles are on the road, an increased awareness by those sharing the roadways imperative.”

The county executive’s office released the following motorcycle safety tips June 6:

Motorcycle Safety Tips From Monroe County

Be visible:
·        Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles, and reacting in time.
·        Make sure your headlight works, and is on day and night.
·        Use reflective strips, or decals on your clothing, and on your motorcycle.
·        Be aware of the blind spots cars, and trucks, have.
·        Flash your brake light when you are slowing down, and before stopping.
·        If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn.

Dress for safety:
·        Wear a quality helmet, and eye protection.
·        Wear bright clothing, and a light-colored helmet.
·        Wear leather, or other thick, protective clothing.
·        Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
·        Remember: the only thing between you, and the road, is your protective gear.

Apply effective mental strategies:
·        Constantly search the road for changing conditions.
·        Give yourself space, and time, to respond to other motorists’ actions.
·        Give other motorists time, and space, to respond to you.
·        Use lane positioning to be seen; ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible.
·        Watch for turning vehicles.
·        Signal your next move in advance.
·        Avoid weaving between lanes.
·        Pretend you’re invisible, and ride extra defensively.
·        Don’t ride when you are tired, or under the influence of alcohol, or other drugs.
·        Know, and follow, the rules of the road.
·        Stick to the speed limit.

Know your bike, and how to use it:
·        Get formal training, and take refresher courses.
·        Call 1-800-446-9227, or visit, to locate the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Hands-On Rider Course nearest you.
·        Practice. Develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic. Know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet, or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.

Safety tips for operators of other vehicles:

Keep an eye out for motorcyclists. Look out for motorcycles sharing the road. In addition, visit the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s website for more information, and traffic safety tips, at

Motorcyclists may also contact the Monroe County Office of Traffic Safety, at (585) 753-3018, to arrange a safety presentation with Jean Triest.

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