At some point or another, most drivers will cautiously avoid going near a motorcycle riders while on the road.
Often, motorcycle riders can be seen on Long Island parkways and highways, flying through lanes at speeds that greatly exceed the posted limits.
While not all motorcycle riders are reckless, recently there have been several cases involving motorcycle riders which have made news. One was, of course, the incident on New York City's Henry Hudson Parkway which involved an attack by motorcycle riders on a motorist that hit one of the riders. The second was the arrest of several motorcycle riders on the Long Island Expressway who were charged with several offenses, including reckless driving.
According to a recent report in Newsday, officers of the law are now taking a closer look at motorcyclists who race or speed excessively on highways and parkways. Anyone familiar with motorcycles, especially foreign-made kind, can tell you that the high speeds that these bikes travel at can make it that much harder for police to catch the rider in the act.
While motorcycle riders who are not reckless certainly do not deserve to be penalized for following the law and taking into account the safety of others around them, it is high time that law enforcement officers take a closer look at those bikers who drive unsafely and put motorists at risk. For too long, reckless motorcycle riders have been able to speed along our local roads at high speeds with little or no repercussions.No one wants to see a tragic event happen on the road.
None of us own the road, and it is imperative that we all try to keep our local roads safe. Reckless driving of a car is never tolerated, and neither should reckless motorcycle riding. It is very commendable that law enforcement are now working more diligently to keep unsafe motorcycle riders off the road, and let's hope that this becomes a continuing practice.
What do you think of the recent steps by police to catch unsafe riders?