May 12, 2017
May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and transportation safety officials are asking motorcyclists and all other motorists to share the road, be alert and safe. In Wisconsin, more than 550,000 people hold either a motorcycle license or permit. That, combined with the return of warmer spring weather, means car and truck drivers should be watchful for motorcycles especially at intersections, when making turns and lane changes. Motorcyclists can do their part by wearing protective equipment, getting properly licensed, and consider taking a motorcycle safety course appropriate for their skill level. Last year in Wisconsin, 82 motorcycle riders and passengers died in traffic crashes. (Audio)
A free hands-on training program that teaches safe driving skills to new drivers is coming to Miller Park in Milwaukee May 20 and 21. The Wisconsin DOT is partnering with Ford Driving Skills for Life to bring the national program to Wisconsin for the second time. Professional instructors cover topics beyond those taught in traditional drivers’ education programs such as vehicle handling, hazard recognition, impaired and distracted driving. New drivers and parents can register at www.drivingskillsforlife.com.
As another spring planting season gets underway in Wisconsin, farmers and motorists are asked to be patient and alert. When drivers come upon slow-moving farm vehicles, they should scan the road ahead carefully to make sure they can pass safely, and anticipate the possibility of the farm vehicle turning left across their path. Farm vehicles should display a slow-moving-vehicle sign, use appropriate lighting, and operators should keep as far to the right-hand portion of the roadway as is safely practical. (Audio)
The latest version of the Wisconsin state highway map is now available. The glove-box stuffer reflects numerous highway and jurisdictional changes since the map was last printed in 2015. A cooperative effort between the Wisconsin DOT and state Department of Tourism, the map also features many of Wisconsin’s favorite attractions, destinations and hidden gems. Maps are available free of charge at many locations including Wisconsin rest areas, travel information centers and can be ordered online at TravelWisconsin.com.