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07/07/08 -- Lufkin

Motorcycle Safety

By Mystic Matthews

Summer time and gas prices, two reasons why Trooper Greg Sanches says the number of people getting their motorcycle license has almost tripled.

"Nowadays with more motorcycles on the roadway, it's probably helping because people are more aware," says Sanches.

But over the holiday weekend, two people died in a tragic motorcycle wreck and several others were left injured, which is a reminder to all of us to be safer on the road.

The main thing is being seen. Way you position the motorcycle or devices on the motorcycle to make it seen by other cars out there on the roadway.

Cory Orear has been riding motorcycles for the last four years and has had several close calls.

"I've actually wrecked this one because a woman pulled out in front of me and stopped.  I was doing about 50, I stopped, my front end came up and I went over. My helmet saved my life," says Orear.

The reason, he says, is people not paying attention.

"People say truckers are the one you watch out for, but it's more the common driver. They don't pay attention. But us as (motorcycle) drivers, we know how to prevent it if we look."

Trooper Sanches says, "For the most part motorcycle riders are pretty responsible, because their driving has to be done in a different manner than car. For the most part motorcycle riders do a good job out there on the roadway."

But it's the rest of us on the road that need to be careful. 

"Check their rear-view mirrors more often. Before changing lanes, don't just check mirrors, actually look back," says Orear. And remember," That could be someone's kid, someone's wife, someone's husband in that car, so just be careful."

Remember, although it's not legally required for motorcycle riders over 21 to have a helmet, troopers say it's not a good idea to go without one.

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