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    What is the best motorcycle lane position? The short answer is that it depends on the situation. It’s a choice that requires quick thinking. You must adapt to keep yourself out of danger as you encounter new conditions with every passing mile. Here, we discuss some of the factors involved in choosing a safe lane…

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    Motorcycle operators are subject to all the same basic rules of the road as other drivers. Motorcyclists must follow all traffic signals, obey the speed limit, and adhere to the rules that define right-of-way. Motorcycles pose some additional safety challenges, however, so there are several extra laws in place to protect riders. Here, we’ll cover…

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    Each year in Maryland, more than 70 motorcycle riders and passengers are killed in traffic crashes and nearly 1,200 are injured. Motorcycle crashes account for approximately 12% of crashes on Maryland roads. Most often, drivers say they didn’t see the motorcycle in time, if they saw them at all. Certainly, driving defensively is the responsibility…

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    Thanks to the introduction of mandatory seat belt laws and safety campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, seat belt use in the United States has reached an all-time high in recent years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that compliance is now up to 90.4% across the United States. This is up from…

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    We begin teaching kids to look both ways before crossing the street long before they’re independent enough to do it on their own. What else should we teach them about staying safe while walking? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, child pedestrian safety should cover: Walking near traffic Crossing the street Intersection crossing…

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    Cell phones are one of the biggest causes of distracted driving. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Over the past five years in Maryland, there have been nearly 26,000 injuries…

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    When we talk about impaired driving, we most often discuss the effects of alcohol. However, drunk driving is not the only kind of impaired driving. Many drugs – legal and illegal – can reduce your ability to drive safely. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of any substance that impairs your ability to drive…

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    There is no question that wearing a seat belt can save your life in a crash. Although we have achieved a high rate of seat belt compliance in Maryland (roughly 91 percent), we still have work to do. Hundreds of unrestrained drivers are injured or killed each year in crashes on our roads. In fact,…

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    Thousands of pedestrians in Maryland are struck by motorists each year, often causing injury or death. There are safety laws in place that apply to both drivers and pedestrians aimed at reducing these crashes. Motor vehicle laws aimed at protecting pedestrians carry fines of up to $2,000 per violation, plus points for convicted violators. Together…

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    As springtime and warmer weather approaches, we will see an increase in the number of pedestrians celebrating the end of winter in the fresh air and sunshine. Unfortunately, this increase in foot traffic will also mean an increase in pedestrian involved crashes and fatalities; 92% of crashes involving pedestrians result in serious injuries or deaths.…