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Motorcycle safety in a construction zone

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With the official start to summer a week a way, we'll see even more motorcycles on the roads. And with so many construction zones, drivers and riders all need to be mindful.

The stop and go traffic that often happens in those zones can cause problems for motorcyclists, along with the construction project itself.

The South Dakota Safety Council says motorcyclists needs to slow down in construction zones and leave plenty of space between cars.

"(That) gives you more time to notice whether the lanes are uneven, or if there's debris in the road from the construction project," said Rick Kiley of the South Dakota Safety Council.

Added Don Winckler, a motorcycle safety instructor, "In a car if you have a flat tire that's a bummer. On a motorcycle, if you have a flat tire, that could result in a fatality."

Any loose pavement or debris in construction zones could also cause a rider's foot to slip, lose balance, and tip over.

Bikes can often break faster than other vehicles on the roads, so it's important to back up and give them enough space.


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