RCMP remind drivers to be mindful of motorcycles sharing the road | DrumhellerMail
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RCMP remind drivers to be mindful of motorcycles sharing the road

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Drumheller RCMP is reminding drivers to be more present as motorcycle riding season begins.
This comes after two collisions involving motorcycles in just one week.
“Drumheller RCMP have responded to 2 motorcycle collisions during the week of April 22,” said Staff Sergeant Robert Harms. “While those collisions are still under investigation, it is important to note that Drumheller and the area see a high number of motorcycles on the roadways from spring to fall. It is important that all motorists and motorcycle riders be alert, be aware of their surroundings, and operate in a safe manner at all times.”
One such collision occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. Emergency services from Drumheller, including the Fire Department, EMS, and the RCMP responded to reports of an injury collision involving an SUV and a motorcycle at the intersection of Highway 575 and 13th Street SW in Drumheller.
On arrival, emergency crews found a black 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle with significant collision damage lying on its side in the intersection. Also found was a 2015 grey Ford Escape with significant collision damage to the front.
The rider of the motorcycle, a 63-year-old male from Drumheller, was transported by EMS to Drumheller Health Centre with serious but non-life threatening injuries; he was later transported to Calgary Foothills Hospital for further assessment and treatment. The driver of the Ford Escape was not injured.
The RCMP continues to investigate this matter. Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in this collision.
The RCMP recommends the following for motorists when sharing the roads:
• Lookout for motorcycles at or near intersections and when making turns;
• Make sure your blind spots are clear when changing lanes;
• Give and ensure adequate space to motorcycles; and
• Avoid occupying another vehicle’s blind spots when travelling.
If you are a motorcyclist, remember the following when riding:
• Wear a properly fitting helmet as well as a protective jacket, pants, gloves, and boots;
• Don’t ride distracted; stay alert at all times;
• Always drive to conditions and posted speed limits;
• Do not ride in the blind spot(s) of other motorists and give sufficient space;
• Do not lane split; and
• Be mindful of sand, gravel, and debris on roadways from winter time.

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