Motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2013, according to the recently released National Highway Traffic Safety Association statistics. With Motorcycle Safety Month coming to a close, Laser Technology, Inc., (LTI) would like to remind drivers of passenger vehicles to share the road with motorcyclists. At the same time, motorcyclists are encouraged to take the necessary steps to make themselves visible to drivers and to wear protective gear. The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,630 riders in 2013 and that if all riders had worn helmets, an additional 715 lives could have been saved.
Drinking and driving, or drinking and riding, can be more dangerous on two wheels. The percentage of motorcyclists involved in alcohol-related fatal crashes is higher than the rate of alcohol-related fatal crashes for passenger vehicles. Another epidemic affecting motorcycle safety is speeding. Like fatal alcohol crashes, fatal speeding crash rates are higher for motorcyclists. According to the NHTSA, in 2013, 34 percent of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding. Only 21 percent of vehicle drivers, 18 percent for light-truck drivers, and 8 percent for large-truck drivers were speeding.
Officers enforcing traffic laws have found it more difficult to identify speeding motorcyclists than drivers of larger vehicles when relying on radar. Typically, at 1000 feet down range, a RADAR unit will have a beam divergence of 250 feet. To improve accuracy LTI traffic safety technology uses Lidar, which has a typical beam divergence of just 3 feet at the same distance. This makes it much easier to pinpoint a motorcycle even in multi-lane traffic. Read more information on our technology for speed enforcement.
As temperatures continue to rise, more motorcyclists will be on the road and safety is the first priority for riders and other drivers. LTI encourages drivers of all types of vehicles to practice caution and share the road to save a life.