Even though there is no helmet law in Illinois (there is in Missouri) safety advocates implore riders to wear one along with proper gear all over their bodies in case they end up on the pavement.
This morning at Ted's Motorcycle World in Alton state motorcycle safety advocates gathered to get the word out to motorcycle riders and non-riders, the riding season is upon us and there's work we can all do to prevent a tragedy.
IDOT is calling on riders, even experienced ones, to take part in free courses offered throughout the state. You can find one at www.startseeingmotorcycles.org.
"You tend to get rusty over the winter-time," says motorcycle safety advocate Carleen Grant of ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education). "A lot of people put their bikes away in the fall and don't get back on them until the spring-time. Motorcycle safety and awareness is the utmost importance. Not only do you have to focus on your riding skills but train your brain on those inattentive drivers out there that don't see you."
They're also reminding those who drive on four wheels to be aware of the motorcycles and "start seeing them."
Last year 129 people died in motorcycle crashes in Illinois. That's about 14% of all crashes in the state.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.