Wilmington, IL – Police Promote Safe Driving During Motorcycle Awareness Month 

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Wilmington, IL – With warmer temperatures beckoning more motorcyclists to hit the roads, Wilmington City Police Department, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), marks May as #MotorcycleAwareness month. The initiative aims to educate drivers on safe practices when sharing the road with motorcyclists.

According to IDOT, drivers should double-check for motorcycles by using mirrors and physically looking over their shoulders before changing lanes or merging. It is crucial to maintain a safe distance from motorcycles, as their maneuverability and reaction times differ significantly from other vehicles. 

Motorists are also urged to be particularly cautious of motorcycles that may be obscured behind larger vehicles, checking mirrors and blind spots vigilantly. For interactions with groups of motorcyclists, drivers are advised to communicate clearly and wait for riders to provide space when changing lanes or accessing exits, ensuring that merging into or between groups is done safely.

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