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Summer Motorcyclists & Driver Safety

 Tips for Motorcyclists & Drivers as Summer Begins

 

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SOMERVILLE
— As temperatures continue to climb and more people opt for alternate modes of transportation, Chief David Fallon and the Somerville Police Department remind drivers to share the road with motorcyclists.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Reports that, in 2013, there were 4,668 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and an estimated 88,000 who were injured.

"Please be cautious as you begin your summer travel," Chief Fallon said. "Motorcyclists should follow all traffic laws, and drivers should be sure to look twice for motorcycles on the road."

 To prevent accidents and fatalities, Somerville Police recommend that drivers and motorcyclists follow several safety tips outlined by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

 

car-33556 640Advice to Drivers

• Motorcycles are more difficult to spot than cars because of their smaller profiles and drivers are conditioned to look for other cars, not motorcyclists.

• Traffic, weather, and road conditions require motorcyclists to react differently than drivers, so it is often difficult to judge and predict when riders may take evasive action.

• Drivers must always be aware of their surroundings. Remember: Check twice, save a life.

• Remember that motorcyclists have the same privileges as other drivers. Be sure to give riders a full lane of travel, and always keep a close watch for motorcyclists — especially at intersections and on highways.

• Anticipate a motorcyclist's maneuvers. A piece of road debris that poses no threat to a car may be deadly for a motorcyclist. Predict evasive moves a motorcyclist might take by always being aware of your surroundings. Also, don't follow motorcycles too closely. Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to take evasive actions.

You are more likely to be involved in an accident with a motorcycle when:

• You are making a left turn in front of a rider.

• A motorcyclist is riding in your blind spot.

• There are hazardous road conditions. Potholes, wet leaves, railroad tracks, and other obstructions may force a motorcyclist to take an action you don't expect.

• You have an obstructed line of sight. Sport utility vehicles, delivery vans, and large trucks may block motorcyclists from your view.

 

traffic-sign-6671 640Advice to Riders

• Don't assume you are visible to a driver. As a motorcyclist, it is your responsibility to make your presence known to drivers. Select and wear an appropriate helmet with retroreflective materials. A motorcycle helmet is your most valuable piece of protective gear and should be visible to drivers. Wear bright, contrasting protective clothing. If you wear dark clothing, wear a fluorescent vest.

• Use headlights while riding on the highway, and use high beams instead of low beams. Also consider a modulating headlight.

• Proper lane position is important. It helps drivers see you and protects your riding space. Remember, if you can see a driver in the side-view mirror, the driver can see you. Avoid riding in a driver's blind spot, and always signal before making a move. Never weave between lanes.

• Remember, there is no one safe place to ride. Use lane positioning to be seen and to provide extra space for emergency braking situations or avoidance maneuvers. Never share a lane with a car. Drivers may not expect you alongside their cars and may not be aware of your presence.

 

 

Water Safety Tips

 Water Safety Tips

sunglasses-1284419 640SOMERVILLE -- With summer here and many Somerville residents heading to nearby pools, Chief David Fallon and the Somerville Police Department are urging everyone to use caution in order to stay safe while they find ways to cool down.

"We are very fortunate to have multiple locations for our residents to take solace during the hot weather," Chief Fallon said. "However, we want to remind our citizens to be safe, even if there are lifeguards on duty. Follow all rules and guidelines, and parents, please supervise your children at all times."

The Kennedy School Pool, a department of the Somerville schools, is a popular swimming destination that provides services to the entire Somerville community. There are two pools at the Kennedy School, which each have a lifeguard on duty. The Kennedy Pool is located at 5 Cherry St. in the basement of the Kennedy School.

Another popular swimming spot is the Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool at Foss Park, 235 Broadway. It opens for the season on Saturday, June 25 and will remain open through Aug. 28. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) operates the pool daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. during the summer.

While at reservations run by DCR, please remember:

• Follow the direction of the park staff at all times.

• Practice sun safety: always wear sunscreen, seek shaded areas and protect your skin from direct sun exposure.

• Drinking or possessing alcohol is prohibited.

• Open fires and grilling are not allowed on the premises.

Dilboy Field Pool, 324 Alewife Brook Pkwy, is scheduled to open on June 25. Hours of operation are from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m, Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

red-30141 640When accessing pools, Somerville Police suggest that the community follow safety tips outlined by the American Red Cross:

• Per Massachusetts law, have at least a 4-foot-high barrier that encloses the pool and an access gate that self-closes, locks, and opens outward from the swimming area (even if you do not have children).

• Fasten a safety cover over the pool when it is not in use, and remove ladders to further prevent access into the pool. For added safety, install a pool alarm that will sound if anyone enters the water.

• Never leave children unattended while they are near or in a pool, and make sure they have an adult to accompany them into the water. Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket or inflatable arm floats.

• Make sure children stay away from pool drains, pipes, or any other openings to avoid getting trapped or hurt. If a child is missing, always check the pool first.

• Set safety instructions and share them with family, friends, neighbors, or anyone else who is near or uses the pool. Advise children to stay away from pool deep ends, and to always walk, never run, near the pool.

• Take a CPR course for adults and children to be prepared if an emergency situation occurs. Update skills regularly.

 

 
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