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Motorcycle Safety Month Tips

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - We all know someone who owns a motorcycle. That's why it's important to freshen up on motorcycle safety, now that Spring is in full swing. 

May is Motorcycle Safety Month and local experts are warning bikers and drivers to be alert. Bryan Smith, owner of TNT Action Sports in Quincy, says drivers need to constantly be looking out for motorcyclists, since they can be harder to see. Smith says bikers have to take precautions too though.

"Another point, as far as a riders concerned, is to make sure the cars can see us," Smith said. "So a lot of times people will always wear black or darker gray clothing. Wear some bright colors, different things to go along with it to make you stand out a little more."

While there isn't a law requiring motorcyclists to wear a helmet in Illinois there is a law requiring them to wear eye gear, such as sunglasses.

"Please be aware that there's a whole lot more of us out there now," Smith said. "We are harder to see. We're running in a little space that's probably ten square feet and they're taking up 50 square feet. So there's a whole bunch of blind spots when it comes to motorcycles that people, vehicles can't see. So just please be aware."
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