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Weather heats up, experts talk motorcycle safety

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - - The month of may is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month and already this month there has been at least one fatal crash.

A man from Fort Wayne was killed when a semi turned into his path in Dekalb County on Tuesday. 

Amy Krontz an instructor with Harley Davidson's Riding Academy told NewsChannel 15 that too often drivers and bikers are not aware of their surroundings.

Krontz also said afety for bikers starts with what they're wearing. It is important for riders to wear boots, jeans with no holes, long sleeve jacket, gloves, and a helmet that is certified by the Department of Transportation.

Krontz said both drivers and bikers need to look twice before making lane changes or pulling out into an intersection and bikers are encouraged to plan for escape routes.

"We use an acronym called S.E.E: search, evaluate and execute," she said. "Basically what we are trying to teach them is always be aware of your surroundings and always have a way out."

Mark Gootee has been riding for more than 20 years. He said the possibility of crashing will not stop him from riding but it does make him more aware. 

"Some things pop out in front of you and you've got to react to all that," said Gootee. "When motorcyclists see [crashes], I think they are even more aware of their surroundings."

There are classes that bikers can take to learn more about how to stay safe on the road.  Click here for mor information.



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