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OSHP push motorcycle awareness as spring arrives

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It's a sure sign warmer weather is on the way, more and more motorcycles are hitting the road.

"The traffic in the stores has really, really increased," Tim Sherman, owner of Signature Harley Davidson in Perrysburg said.

Riders have been pouring in, as the weather breaks, gearing up for another season.

"Harley customers are going to ride their bikes anyway, it's just a matter of when," Sherman said.  "With such a long winter, everyone is really excited to get out and have fun."

That's why the Ohio State Highway Patrol already has plans in place to keep all drivers safe on state highways and interstates.

"It's the first day of spring and we want to get the message out," Lt. Jerrod Savidge, Ohio State Highway Patrol, said.  "We don't want a repeat of last year where we had six people killed on motorcycles."

Savidge says motorcyclists should be wearing a helmet, though it's not required by law, and making sure they have the proper endorsements to operate a bike.

He also recommends riders keep their headlight on, so they're visible to others.

Troopers will also have their eyes on everyone else.

"When we're out looking for violations involving motorcycles, we're also watching vehicles around motorcycles to make sure they're yielding to them and looking," Lt. Savidge said.

For local business and Harley owner, Tim Sherman, that's welcome news.

"It's great if law enforcement projects to people who drive cars that they should be careful and be aware of motorcycles," Sherman told 13abc.

He says safety is always a priority.

In fact, he even offers safety courses and makes sure new owners have everything they need before venturing out.

"We try and help everyone be as safe as they can," he said.

Both troopers and riders hope a little awareness will go a long way and save lives.

 

 

 

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