May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

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(WAND) - May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.

It has been recognized since 1983.

The goal is to raise awareness levels in motorists that motorcyclists are returning to the roads and highways with warmer weather.

Motorists are encouraged to slow down, look twice, and never drive distracted to prevent crashes and fatalities.

The "Start Seeing Motorcycles" campaign is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police during Motorcycle Awareness Month.

Motorcycle accidents account for nearly 15 percent of all vehicle fatalities. According to IDOT data, there were 1,081 traffic deaths on Illinois roads in 2017, and of those 158 were motorcyclists.

An IDOT Motorcycle Awareness kickoff event will be at the Old State Capital in Springfield at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 2.

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