The Traffic Stop: Motorcycles

By McPherson Police Department
May 05, 2015

The following is not traffic law, but addresses motorcycle awareness in the City of McPherson. 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 & responsibilities on public roadways as other drivers. Special conditions & 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 & 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.