'Look Twice' - Highway Safety

You may have seen signage around the area with a Share the Road notice or Look Twice... Save A Life. This message is aimed at automobile drivers in an effort to make them aware of other vehicles, specifically motorcycles.

Consider This:

Motorcyclists, bicyclists, walkers and runners all have rights to the roadway just like cars and trucks and it is very common for automobile drivers to not be on the lookout for these other methods of transportation. Intersections are the most likely place for crashes to occur and according to a recent study the automobile driver violates the cyclist's right of way two thirds of the time.

That being said it takes both parties to be safe... to Share the Road. Just last week I was behind two motorcycle riders on a narrow two lane road when one motorcyclist passed a slower moving vehicle on the right and the other motorcyclist passed the car on the left on a double-yellow line as an oncoming truck passed by. So the respect works both ways...

Now that the warm weather is here... and again later this year when fall approaches... the number of motorcyclist's increases dramatically. Let's all share the road.... Let's look twice... Let's be aware of our surroundings... That means all of us... automobile drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, runners and walkers.

And since we are discussing safety, hopefully you have seen the click-it or ticket spots airing on KAIT. As an automobile driver you are required to wear your seatbelt. It is the law and you will get a ticket if you are caught not wearing your seatbelt. However, if you are a motorcycle rider you are not required to wear a helmet in Arkansas... in Missouri, you are.

According to a report by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation there were One Thousand Thirty One motorcycle crashes in Arkansas in 2001. Nine hundred and nineteen had injuries and forty six resulted in fatalities. Missouri had One thousand five hundred forty five accidents with one thousand three hundred twenty six sustaining injuries and fifty two fatalities. That means four point five percent of the accidents in Arkansas resulted in fatalities and three point three percent of the accidents in Missouri were fatal. Missouri has a helmet law... Arkansas does not.

We're curious... what do you think? Does Arkansas need a helmet law just like we have a seatbelt law? Does Missouri need to repeal the helmet law? Write to us at considerthis@kait8.com. [Or use the form here] We'll share your comments in the next few week.

As you travel around Region 8 and beyond be safe... and watch out for your fellow drivers...four wheels, eighteen wheels, two wheels, or two feet... we all need to Share The Road.