Motorists reminded to double check roadway for motorcycles and bicyclists

LEWISTON, ID - With our weather improving, more motorcycles are on the road.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were 8.5 million motorcycles on U.S. roads in 2012, with 81,000 motorcyclists injured in motorcycle crashes. To reduce the risk of crashes, drivers are encouraged to be alert and look for motorcyclists, while motorcycle riders are also reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists while on the road, wear protective gear, and be prepared for the unexpected.

"It's important to be aware that there are going to be a lot more bicycles and motorcycles out this time of year," said Clarkston Patrol Officer, Greg Adelsback. "When they're driving down the road its always a good idea to double check your mirrors before you make a lane change make sure there isn't anyone in your blind spot."

Drivers and riders alike are reminded to stay aware of surrounding traffic and the road and not get distracted with things like texting, talking on the phone, CB radios, in-helmet phones or eating.