Spring is here, and warm weather is on the way. That means it’s motorcycle season, and the onset of the season comes with a safety warning. Lt. Jeff Pfotenhauer of the Illinois State Police says last year, motorcycles represented 3 percent of registered vehicles in Illinois, but they gave us 16 percent of the fatalities. “This percentage is alarming, and should be a wakeup call to every motorcycle rider who violates the law and does not practice safe riding habits,” he said.
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IDOT Chief of Staff Marva Boyd offers this advice to motorcycle riders: Don’t speed, don’t drive erratically, keep your machine in good mechanical condition, and wear protective clothing and a helmet. IDOT offers motorcycle safety classes around the state. Last year, 20,361 riders participated. Private groups such as ABATE of Illinois also offer safety classes.