The Traffic Stop: Motorcycle Safety

By MPD Sergeant Mo Hawkinson
June 01, 2016

Today is the last day of Motorcycle Awareness Month.

With that in mind, McPherson Kansas Police Department (MPD) addresses motorcycle awareness in the City of McPherson in today's Traffic Stop post. Most of the following has been taken directly from either the Kansas Driving Handbook or the Kansas Motorcycle Operator Manual.

Motorcycles have the same rights and responsibilities on public roadways as other drivers. Special conditions and situations, however, often cause greater problems for motorcyclists. Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of these problems to SHARE THE ROAD safely with motorcyclists.

Drivers turning left in front of oncoming motorcyclists are the primary cause of a large percentage of vehicle versus motorcycle collisions. Drivers often fail to pick a motorcyclist out of the traffic scene, or inaccurately judge the speed of the oncoming motorcycle. Be aware of this perpetual problem and LOOK TWICE!

We offer a BIG THANK YOU to the majority of motorcyclists who drive defensively, but for those who take EXTREME liberties which lead to careless or reckless driving, we offer this reminder: you WILL be held accountable to share the road SAFELY.

On most Tuesdays, MPD addresses a topic dealing with traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The “Traffic Stop” is organized by the Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau. We need suggestions for more topics to address! Call us if ANY question requires an immediate answer on our non-emergency line: (620)245-1200.

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