The calendar has flipped to May, and that means a new focus for Enforcement Services Selective Traffic Enforcement Program.
Sgt. Ross Gear says since warm weather has now arrived, they’ll be zoning in on motorcycles this month.
“Grande Prairie has a large number of motorcycle riders, so it’s important that we all share the road,” he said.
It’s also important riders, especially inexperienced ones, know the basics.
“A motorcycle needs to be the right size for the rider. This means that the rider can place both feet on the ground while straddling the bike. Handlebars and controls should be in a comfortable position so they don’t have to stretch and reach. A rider should be able to push and place the bike on a stand, without too much effort. A new rider should select a bike that they’re able to handle,” Gear explained.
“Every rider should have the proper protection. You should have good eyewear, a good durable jacket, long pants and good footwear. This gear is very important for chilly conditions and flying debris. If the rider’s very unfortunate and has to lay the bike down, it could help them (prevent) a lot of injury from road rash.”
That said, wearing proper protection is the riders choice and they are not legally bound to do so. Rules and regulations of operating a motorcycle are the same as operating a car or truck.
If you are caught speeding you could face a penalty anywhere between $140 and $2,000.
Gear says they will be doing some stops at random with motorcyclists throughout May to educate them on safety.