TxDOT: Look twice, save a life

TxDOT: Look twice, save a life
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Whether you're behind the wheel of a car or the handlebars of a motorcycle, TxDOT is asking you to look twice because it can save a life.

The Texas Department of Transportation's 'Look Twice' campaign wants drivers to take a second look for motorcyclists who they share the road with, especially at intersections and construction sites where danger is more prevalent.

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"This kind of shocked me that this number isn't higher, but even one a day is too many," said Sonja Gross, spokesperson for TxDOT's Amarillo district. "Many people don't realize this but at least one person dies on Texas roadways everyday involved in a motorcycle crash."

In Amarillo alone, the police department says 94 crashes involving motorcycles led to seven deaths last year.

So far this year, there have been three deaths from 32 motorcycle wrecks.

Motorcycle officers take extra steps to ensure the safety of themselves and those around them.

"They try really hard to avoid putting themselves even in situations where they might be run over," said Sgt. Carla Burr with the Amarillo Police Department. "They do go through professional motorcycle school and they get a certification. Then, they go to competitions where they practice and compete against other teams and other individuals and they do that as representatives of the police department. Some of them do it on their own vacations."

If you are behind the handlebars, experts say being confident in your riding ability is the difference between life and death.
 
"Be confident in your bike's mechanical capabilities. If you have an evasive maneuver the bike will be able to do it," said James White, owner of the Southern Cycle.  "As the old saying goes, dress for the slide not the ride. Put down your cell phone, wait until you get home to take pictures. Don't take for granted that any other driver is going to do the right thing. Suspect anything to happen at any time and you'll be ready for it when it does and if it doesn't then you've had a good day."

No matter how quickly you'd like to get somewhere, officials say staying safe and looking twice should be your top priority.

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