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NHP: Use extra caution during Street Vibrations
by Tribune Staff
Sep 24, 2010 | 1477 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Debra Reid - A biker keeps his headlights on to add visibility to his motorcycle on Friday. Since they are less visible, bikers must be extra cautious and drive defensively.
Tribune/Debra Reid - A biker keeps his headlights on to add visibility to his motorcycle on Friday. Since they are less visible, bikers must be extra cautious and drive defensively.
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A large crowd of motorcyclists will flood the streets of northern Nevada for the annual Street Vibrations celebration this weekend. The Nevada Highway Patrol is reminding motorists and motorcyclists to take extra caution while driving. NHP suggests following the safety tips and traffic reminders below in an effort to curtail crash activity and to maximize everyone’s safety on the roadways. 

For motorcyclists:

• U.S. Department of Transportation approved helmets must be worn by the driver and passenger.

• Face shields or safety goggles must also be worn.

• Passing other vehicles within the same lane, or splitting lanes is illegal.

• Every motorcycle driver must possess a valid motorcycle license/endorsement.

• Be cognizant of all traffic; don’t ride in blind spots.

• Riding on the shoulder, in emergency lanes or bikes lanes, is also illegal.

• Be extra cautious when navigating curves in the roadway; some motorcyclists tend to lean into opposing adjacent travel lanes.

• Motorcycles must come to a complete stop at a stop sign or before making a right turn from a red light.

• Ride with lights on and wear reflective clothing in an effort to become more visible.

• Riders are encouraged to wear protective clothing.

• Turn signals must be utilized for all lane changes.

• Don’t drink and drive.

For motorists:

• Be extra cautious when making lane changes as motorcycles are less visible and more difficult to see than other vehicles.

• Turn signals must be utilized for all lane changes.

• Motorcyclists often down shift their transmission to reduce their speed, so brake lights aren’t often visible during those times.

• Be certain to scan for motorcycles before entering an intersecting roadway.

• Designate a safe and sober driver if alcohol is involved.

• Always wear a seat belt and ensure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.

The NHP also reminds drivers that minimizing distractions and focusing on the road at all times will greatly reduce the chances of an accident.
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