Warmer weather means motorcycles will be back on Illinois roads. The Illinois Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign to reduce motorcycle crashes. According to IDOT’s preliminary statistics, 118 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2014. Doug Heck, IDOT’s interim director of traffic safety, says while motorcycles account for only 3 percent of registered vehicles in Illinois, motorcyclists account for 15 percent of fatalities.
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“If you consider that motorcycles only drive about two-thirds of a year, that makes that statistic even more shocking,” Heck said.
“Start Seeing Motorcycles” signs and banners will be on put on display throughout the state, which Heck says helps spread awareness that cars must share the road with riders, especially in urban areas, where most motorcycle accidents happen.