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May 2, 2014
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Be alert for motorcycles, Minister Vessey reminds Islanders
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
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Drivers should be extra cautious now that Islanders are again taking to the province’s highways on their motorcycles, says Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey.
“Since May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, now is the time – when the weather is improving and motorcycles are on the road again – to remind Islanders to stay alert,” Minister Vessey said. “Motorcycles are less visible than regular vehicles, so it’s important that drivers double check before proceeding at intersections and give them as much space as a car or truck.”
Nearly 10,000 Islanders hold a class six motorcycle drivers licence, and there are 2,700 motorcycles registered in Prince Edward Island. More Islanders and visitors every year are using motorcycles to tour our province or as a fuel-efficient mode of transportation.
However, since 2008 there have been 189 injuries and 13 fatalities from accidents involving motorcycles in the province. Speed, lack of attention, driving while distracted by a mobile device, or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs can all contribute to these accidents.
“RCMP and our partnering police agencies work very hard each day to ensure that motorists are safe when driving,” said Superintendent Joanne Crampton, criminal operations officer for the RCMP in Prince Edward Island. “When the weather gets warmer and our roads get busier with visitor traffic and recreational vehicles, every driver needs to slow down, pay attention, and stay safe.”
Motorcyclists should attempt to be as visible as possible and always follow posted speed limits and traffic laws. Assure that all lights and systems are in working order, and wear a helmet and other appropriate gear.
Visit www.gov.pe.ca/highwaysafety for more safety information including the driver handbook and the rules of the road. In addition, motorcyclists can access regular instruction in Prince Edward Island from the Canada Safety Council to help improve their skills; for more information visit www.ridertraining.org.