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Posted on: May 10, 2022

MEDIA RELEASE ~ Check Twice for Motorcycles: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 May 1, 2022

Sergeant Rudy Gatto, Public Information Officer, 


Phone: (626) 430-2245

Check Twice for Motorcycles: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Irwindale, Calif. – During May’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Irwindale Police Department reminds drivers to always look twice for motorcycles.

 “Motorcycles may be difficult to spot, so being extra careful before changing lanes is always good practice,” Chief of Police Ty Henshaw said. “Motorcycle riders are out in the elements and do not have the same protections drivers and passengers do. Please share the road with motorcycles and drive safe.”

 Throughout the month of May, our officers will be contacting the community through education and enforcement efforts to help spread the message.

 To help protect you and your family, keep the following tips in mind while driving or riding:


  • Always check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Do not follow a motorcycle too closely. Always keep a safe distance.
  • If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Be sure that the rider is turning before moving ahead.


  • Always wear a U.S. DOT-compliant helmet with eye protection.
  • Wear leather or other sturdy clothing such as a jacket, pants, boots with nonskid soles and gloves. Add reflective strips or decals to your clothing and motorcycle to make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Ride defensively. Don’t assume a driver can see you. Avoid riding in a driver’s blind spot. 
  • Always keep your lights on, even during the day.
  • Lastly, both drivers and riders should never drive/ride distracted under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

 Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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