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Monthly Enforcement

The traffic safety focus for the month of May is Motorcycle Safety.

The weather is improving around the province and motorcyclists are starting to hit the roads. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the roads than motorists, as they lack the protection of enclosed vehicles. Motorcyclists and drivers alike should remember to watch out for each other and share the road safely.

Motorcycle safety facts:

  • About two thirds of collisions involving motorcycles result in death or injury.
  • From 2017 to 2021, 2,507 motorcycles were involved in casualty collisions.
    130 people were killed and 2,528 were injured.
  • Over 40% of motorcyclists involved in fatal collisions were travelling at an unsafe speed.
  • Nearly half of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions committed an improper action. Running off the road or following too closely were the most common errors made by motorcyclists.
  • Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. A rider wearing a helmet is 37% less likely to die than a rider without one.
  • Younger motorcyclists (under the age of 25) are more likely to be involved in casualty collisions than older riders.
  • As of 2021, roughly 86% of motorcycle collisions occur on dry roads and 62% of motorcycle collisions occur in urban areas.

Safety tips for motorcyclists:

  • Always drive at a speed appropriate for the conditions.
  • Follow all traffic laws and stay focused on the road.
  • Wear a helmet and other protective gear, such as eye protection, a durable jacket, pants, and gloves. Make sure your gear is comfortable and weather appropriate.

Consider taking a motorcycle training course, whether you’re a new rider or an experienced one looking to refresh your knowledge and skills.

 

For more information contact:

Sgt. Stacey Fishley
Traffic Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8471