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Kansas Highway Patrol and southeast Kansas motorcyclist offer safety tips for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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For Mike Bright, motorcycles are a way of life.

"I fell in love with sport when I was 12 years old. I'm 58 now and I've been on a motorcycle ever since then."

There's no better way to see the country, he says. But with this passion, comes responsibility and risk.

Bright says riders are more vulnerable than drivers.

"Even with most minor of incidents, I'm going to go to the hospital. I'm going to go to the emergency room and the odds are real good, at the very least, that I'm going to have broken bones."

Trooper Oren Dougherty of the Kansas Highway Patrol agrees. He says motorcycles are narrow vehicles, and can be overlooked.

"With the blind spots we have on the pillars of the vehicles it's hard to visibly see the motorcycles and we have to give them a second look," he said.

Dougherty recommends all drivers, and other riders, give clear signals, and take an few extra moments to look for motorcycles when pulling onto the road or changing lanes.

"It takes a fraction of a second to miss somebody coming through an intersection or who just left the side road."

From the rider's perspective, having enough room on the road is essential.

"If I have to make an evasive maneuver, you're where I want to go. so, give me a little space out there," said Bright.

Safety is a two way street. just as drivers need take caution, riders do as well.

"The majority of riders kind of park their bikes for the winter. spring's here, and we're getting ready to hit the roads again. and we're probably a little rusty on our skills. take a little time to practice. take a little time to refresh yourself on those skills that may have gotten rusty on the winter."

Bright recommends riders of all ages and experience to stay current with a motorcycle safety course.

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