Now that Spring is in full effect, bikers are starting to fill Montana roads. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and authorities are putting out a warning to drivers to stay aware of the influx of motorcyclists.
Officers tell NBC Montana May is also typically when the riding season starts. One officer tells NBC Montana that motorcycle fatalities are up in Montana, likely because more people are opting for fuel-efficient bikes over cars.
Officers say drivers should remember to keep an eye out for motorcyclists, as failure to yield is one of the top causes of motorcycle fatalities.
One Missoula officer tells NBC Montana that motorcyclists can also play their own part in their safety.
“If you’re going to ride a motorcycle, [wear] long pants, boots, bright reflective clothing, and always, always, always wear a helmet,” said Missoula Police Traffic Unit Sergeant Greg Amundsen.
Amundsen says distracted driving is another major issue, so he’s reminding drivers to hang up their cell phones.