Safety tips for motorcyclists, drivers

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB)- As the temperature rises, so does the number of motorcyclists out on the road.

Unfortunately, the number of motorcycle-related fatalities also tends to go up.

Just before midnight Thursday, a 32-year-old man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle into a van on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

“Speed is often a factor when we have motorcycle accidents. It’s a twofold for drivers to be aware of motorcyclists and also for the safety of the motorcyclists to watch their speed especially on busy roadways,” said Officer James Vanegmond of the Niagara Falls Police Department.

The woman driving the van was arrested for DWI and is expected to be arraigned next week. Police told News 4 more charges against her are possible.

Sue Slate is a motorcycle safety instructor at the Motorcycle Safety School in West Seneca. She doesn’t believe cars and trucks are out to get riders, but told News 4 it’s all about visibility.

“They simply don’t see us. We only take up a third of a lane. The brighter the clothes, the whiter and brighter the helmet, the better were gonna be seen,” she said.

Police said the motorcyclist, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was seen speeding by eyewitnesses.

Slate told News 4 following speed limits is crucial, as reaction time on the road is limited.

“At 60 miles an hour, you’re covering 90 feet, so braking or swerving, it takes the average person about a second and a half to perceive the danger and begin to react,” Slate said.

She said all motorists need to look out for one another.

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