Bath resident asks for consideration of motorcyclists on roadways
To the editor:
I have noticed there are a lot of motorcycles on the roads this time of year. I have also been appalled by the disregard other vehicles have for them.
I see it all the time — drivers pulling out in front of bikers, not giving them safe distance, cutting them off when changing lanes and pulling out into traffic way too late. It is critical that all drivers be more aware of the presence of motorcycles. Whether people like it or not, they have to share the roads.
Avoiding a potential accident is the goal. Imagine how bad you would feel if you hit a mother, father, someone’s sister or brother and it results in a disfiguring accident, or worse — a fatality.
Texting and driving has become an epidemic problem as well. You can see the telltale signs from behind a slow-moving vehicle, swerving over the center line and all over the road.
Yet if you ask one who texts while driving, they will say, “I can do both.” If they saw themselves from behind, they would not be thinking that. Statistics report that 25 percent of all accidents reported involve texting while driving and your brain function is reduced by 3 percent when texting while driving. These are quite frightening statistics.
I have also noticed a lot of loose gravel on the roads that is very hazardous to motorcycle drivers. Why are the cities or counties not cleaning it up? Particularly after that bad rain we had and loose gravel rolled out of driveways, and construction areas are often left a mess.
We all have to be more cognizant of fellow drivers, be it on four or two wheels. An accident that results from negligence is so unnecessary, and the effects from causing an accident will live with an individual for years — be it physical or mental. Safety and awareness will go a long way in preventing such accidents.
Patrice Faulhammer, Bath
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