TAVARES — In observance of the nationally recognized Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month during May, the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is hosting its first-ever motorcycle safety fair on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
The free educational event is organized by the Lake County Motorcycle Safety Team, a subcommittee of the CTST. The event will feature exhibits, promotional items, giveaways, children’s activities and plenty of safety-related motorcycle information.
“The community is encouraged to attend this event to learn about sharing the road with motorcycles and safe-riding practices,” said Noble Olasimbo, Chairman of the CTST. “Motorists are encouraged to remember this safety slogan, ‘Look Twice — Save a Life,’ to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways.”
Other safety tips for drivers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are:
• Remember the motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width — never try to share a lane.
• Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
• Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
• Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle. Motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
• Remember the road conditions, which are minor annoyances to other vehicles, pose major hazards to motorcyclists.
• Don’t tailgate a motorcycle. Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
For more information about the motorcycle safety fair, call Noble Olasimbo at (352) 483-9092.