As the weather begins to warm up, Illinois drivers will start seeing more motorcycles on the roads. Governor Pat Quinn has declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), working with other organizations, has launched the "Start Seeing Motorcycles" campaign to urge drivers to share the road with motorcyclists.
As winter gears up, driving becomes more treacherous. To ease the transition into the icy season, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police have launched a safe-driving campaign called "Ice and Snow - Take It Slow."
Bicyclists know the danger "dooring" - when the door of a parked car suddenly opens and blocks the path of a bicyclist who otherwise would be passing by - but not all drivers are aware of the hazard they may create when getting out of their cars. Therefore, to raise awareness of the issue and reduce the number of these bicycle accidents, Illinois is tracking dooring accidents as crashes on Illinois law enforcement crash forms for the first time.
As the Midwest slowly breaks from winter's icy grip and embraces the welcome return of spring, motorcyclists who have been eagerly awaiting the melting snow and the return of warmer temperatures begin to prepare for another summer of riding.