Motorcycles Will Be Everywhere!




Motorcycles Will Be Everywhere!


            The Methuen Police Department joined in Governor Baker’s annual proclamation* declaring the last week of March through the end of April as the Commonwealth’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period, as over 160,000 motorcycles will be coming out of winter’s hibernation as soon as the weather warms.
           
Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon and Sgt. Michael Havey met this week with Keith Black, who has trained over 4,000 new and experienced area motorcyclists over the past 20 years, including Chief Solomon. This meeting was to help remind area motorists to “Check Twice – Save a Life, Motorcycles will be Everywhere.”

             According to the MADOT and the Massachusetts Rider Education Program, last year 34 riders were killed in accidents, down from 36 in year 2013, despite an increase in over 3,000 registrations.

        “We are asking all motorists to ‘check twice’ before making left turns, pulling out into traffic, and changing lanes,” said Black.  “These are the most common causes of cars and trucks colliding with motorcyclists.  It just takes drivers that ‘extra check’ to be more aware sharing the roads as over 160,000 bikes will be coming back onto our roads, to help reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities.”