In 2018, 59 riders lost their lives on Nevada’s roadways while riding a motorcycle. There are certain risks that come with riding a motorcycle, and our goal is that you’ll ride safe and live to ride another day.
Riders must wear a department of transportation (DOT)-compliant helmet with protective glasses, goggles, or a face shield. Tip: Look for the DOT sticker on the outside and inside of your helmet.
Riders cannot ride between moving or stationary vehicles occupying adjacent traffic lanes, and other vehicle drivers may not squeeze in beside the rider in their lane. Side-by-side motorcycle riding is allowed, but only when both parties consent.
Speeding increases your chances of getting in a serious-injury crash, so ride at a speed that’s safe for conditions and within the posted limits.
If you’re going to be drinking, plan ahead:
- Designate a sober rider
- Call a ride share service, a taxi, or use public transit
- Use a tipsy tow service and retrieve your bike when you’re sober
- Call 911 if you see a drunk rider on the road
- Save a life: if you are with an impaired rider, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely
Every rider and passenger should wear sturdy over-the-ankle footwear with non-slip soles, long pants, a full-length jacket, full-fingered gloves, proper eye protection, and a helmet that meets DOT standards.
Motorcycles are the most vulnerable on the road. Whether you’re riding a motorcycle or driving beside one, be aware and alert. Give motorcyclists a full lane of travel and maintain at least 3-4 seconds of distance behind a motorcycle. Riders, remain alert and give yourself enough reaction time.
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