Motorcycle Safety

Effective January 2018, the Colorado State Patrol operates the state’s Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST) program.

Watch for Motorcycles

CDOT is working to make Colorado's roads safer for motorcycles. Motorcycle deaths have increased 58 percent in the last four years. In 2016, motorcyclist fatalities hit an all-time high of 125 deaths in the state, up from 106 deaths in 2015.

While motorcycles account for just 3 percent of registered vehicles on the road, motorcycle fatalities represented 21 percent of fatalities. These fatalities tend to peak during the summer months with more motorcycles on the road. All drivers have the responsibility to watch for motorcycles just as motorcyclists need to ride safely and obey speed limits.

CDOT's statewide motorcycle safety campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of checking blind spots and looking for motorcyclists when turning. The campaign is directed at drivers, who often miss seeing motorcyclists on our roadways. Motorcycle crashes often happen when a driver turns left in front of a motorcycle the driver didn't see. Always remember to look twice before you turn left—because seeing a motorcycle after a crash is too late.

Of course, motorcyclists can help reduce crash fatalities, too. Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. Therefore, CDOT encourages all riders to wear helmets and other protective gear. Nationally, 715 lives could be saved each year if all motorcyclists wore helmets.

Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST)

There is a lot motorcycle riders can do to stay safe. Most importantly, they can get trained. The Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST) program is conducted by the Colorado State Patrol and includes 12 training vendors across the state.

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