'Share the Road': Police and riders urge everyone to drive safely
ELKHART COUNTY —
It's riding season for motorcyclists. It's also one of the deadliest times of the year when it comes to crashes.
In Elkhart County alone there have been three motorcycle crashes this week -- all ending in death.
Now, police are urging drivers of motorcycles and cars to be aware and to share the roads.
For many, it's a rush.
“There's just nothing like it there's nothing like the wind in your hair and just the freedom of being on the bike,” said Brian Martin.
But Martin knows all too well how that freedom can turn into fear.
“They say there's two types of riders the rider that's crashed and the one that will crash and I have dropped the bike,” said Martin.
He was able to walk away from that crash. He was one of the lucky ones.
“There's families that have lost loved ones this week and that something we can't change,” said Michael Culp with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.
Now, police are urging all drivers to be careful.
“You really need to be again well rested alert and be prepared to drive limit your distractions,” said Culp.
There's the necessities for motorcyclists-- wearing a helmet, proper safety gear, and having your motorcycle endorsement.
“We have to be extra cautious because were not surrounded by metal and four wheels so we have to basically have 360 vision,” Martin Said.
He says it's really about being cautious.
“There's a lot of people that like to show off they're doing wheelies in traffic and weaving in and out of traffic and that's just not the way to ride,” he said. “Slowdown take time at intersections don't just blindly pull out make sure that you check look twice.”
Sharing the road safely is the main goal.
"That's how you can enjoy it is getting to your destination safely and back,” Martin said.
Culp says there's more motorcyclists registered in Indiana than ever before. That's why everyone on the road should be aware of safety tips.
If you are a rider and want to be properly endorsed, ABATE and Hoosier Harley Davidson of Elkhart have classes.