MOUNT VERNON — As the weather gets warmer there are seasonal changes to keep in mind when you are on the roadways.

The Knox County Safe Communities Coalition would like to remind motorcyclists to ride trained and sober. Also, motorists should be aware there will be an increase in motorcycles on the roadways with the warmer weather.

“Motorcycle safety is not solely the responsibility of motorcyclists. Give motorcyclists a full lane of travel, look for motorcyclists on the highway, at intersections and any time you are changing lanes, and allow plenty of space in front of the vehicle you are driving,” said Lt. Gurjit Grewal, Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The recent winter weather has been rough on our roadways, causing large potholes. The heavy rainfall this spring makes the potholes difficult to see. Maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you and scan the road for upcoming potholes. If you can’t avoid hitting a pothole, slow down and hold on to the steering wheel to avoid losing control.

Spring is a great time to check on the maintenance of your car. Cold weather can take a toll on you car by deflating your tires, so be sure to check the tire pressure and inflate them if necessary. Having properly inflated tires can help minimize the impact of hitting a pothole. Make sure that you have a clear windshield during the spring showers by replacing your wiper blades at least once a year.

“As always, avoid distractions, follow the speed limits and wear your seatbelt at all times,” said Elisa Beckett, coalition coordinator from the Knox County Health Department.

In 2018, there were 13 traffic fatalities in Knox County, which is more than double the amount from the previous year, with speed as a common trend. So far in 2019, there have been two traffic fatalities.

For more information, to get involved with the Safe Communities Coalition, or to schedule a traffic safety activity or presentation, contact Beckett at the health department by calling 740-392-2200 ext. 2272 or ebeckett@knoxhealth.com.

 

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