Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Overnight collision highlights the need for caution

   Boise May 15th, 3012 -  The Boise Police Department is investigating a 2 vehicle collision that sent 2 victims to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries yesterday evening. At approximately 5:00 p.m. Officers responded to the report of a collision at S. Broadway and Federal Way. Officers located a motorcycle that had struck the rear of another vehicle.  During the investigation officers determined that the motorcycle driver had been cut off by a vehicle that failed to yield to the right of way of way the motorcycle driver. The driver of the car was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

   As the warm weather continues to settle in, Boise Police Officers are requesting that drivers remain vigilant for the increased motorcycle traffic on the roadway. Officers received a report of a similar incident, involving a motorcycle and a vehicle on Monday that resulted in non life threatening injuries. Motorcycles are hitting the streets for the summer season, we want to caution riders, and motorists to take the extra time to look twice for safety. 

Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles

1. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don’t “recognize” a motorcycle; (usually unintentionally). Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at an intersection.

2. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.

3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.

4. Because of its small size a motorcycle may seem to be moving faster than it really is. Don’t assume all motorcyclists are speed demons.

5. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.

6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders, (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle’s signal is for real.

7. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.

8. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle’s better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don’t expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.

9. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can’t always stop “on a dime.”

10. When a motorcycle is in motion, don’t think of it as motorcycle; think of it as a person.

- Tips Courtesy of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

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