May 8, 2012 10:31 PM by Nikki Ibarra

CHP reminds drivers and motorcyclists about road safety

A Paso Robles motorcyclist died Tuesday, after a crash early morning.

The California Highway Patrol said the motorcyclist and a Honda sedan collided. It happened on State Route 229, near Route 58. The CHP said it appears the motorcyclist came out of a turn too wide, and may have veered into the other lane.

The driver of the Honda was not hurt. But the motorcyclist, 49 year-old Darrin Moore from Paso Robles, was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, but has since been transferred to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara

The CHP told KSBY that Moore suffered a broken pelvis, broken wrists, as well as some internal bleeding.

This crash comes at a critical time to get the message out about keeping our eyes out for riders on the road.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The whole point behind this month is so drivers and motorcyclists are reminded that they're both using the roads.

"When they leave the store, I say, be safe. And that's my motto," said Gary Bang of Gary Bang Harley-Davidson in Atascadero.

Gary Bang has been riding motorcycles for more than 60 years. Now, as owner of Gary Bang Harley-Davidson in Atascadero, his main selling point is safety. "I always tell people when you're riding a motorcycle, watch the person in front of you. Give yourself plenty, plenty of space. Don't crowd the person in front of you. Watch behind you. Have a big circle," said Bang.

Bang said May is a perfect time for drivers and motorcyclists to be reminded that they're sharing the road. "What do we always say? Watch for cars, or watch for big trucks. We hardly say, watch for a motorcycle but you have to," added Bang.

He said this time of year is heaven for motorcyclists. The warmer the weather, the better the drive. And the CHP agrees. "With the warm weather and the nice temperature, people have the tenancy to get out more," said Sergeant Tim Neumann of the CHP - Templeton.

The CHP said many times, drivers don't use their signals. "The main thing is to intentionally look for motorcyclists. If you're in the habit of not looking for them, it's really easy to miss them," said Neumann.

But it's not only drivers that have to do the work. The CHP said motorcyclists should always check their lights, especially headlights, before riding. Also, increase that space between your bike and the car in front of you.

Gary Bang said motorcycle season lasts from about May until November, so expect a lot of bikes out on the roads.

The CHP also said they are seeing an increase in people riding motorcycles, especially since gas prices have gone up.


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