SPRINGFIELD, MO - May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and among the highest counties where motorists are fatally injured in a crash is Greene County. In recognition of motorcycle safety the Missouri State Highway patrol is reminding riders and drivers to do their part.

Spring is in the air and that means more motorcycles on the road. But that, also, means motorists interested only in four-wheeled vehicles still have a major responsibility in keeping motorcyclists safe on the road.

“Just, slightly, over 2 percent of registered vehicles in our state are motorcycles that are registered," says Sgt. Jason Pace with Highway Patrol. "However, they also account for just, slightly, over 10 percent of all traffic crash fatalities.”

Stats show that in 2016, Greene County had 12 fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and 141 injury crashes.

Pace says we’re seeing a greater number of motorcycles getting out on the road earlier this year than what we’ve seen in the past.

Just this month alone, in Greene County, there have been at least 30 motorcycle crashes. Pace says it doesn’t matter if you’re in a four-wheeled vehicle or on a motorcycle there are precautions you can take.

If you’re in a four-wheeled vehicle be aware and be cautious, and do a double take when looking in your blind spot. For those of you on a motorcycle, Pace says have good signaling, wear bright colored clothing, and wear your protective gear.

He, also, says that depth perception is different when it comes to sharing the road with motorcyclists.

"And that’s why you see a lot of times with traffic crashes where that vehicle will pull out in front of that motorcycle just because, one, it’s smaller natured and they may not be able to see them or two they may not be able to judge the speed because of their size," explains Pace.

To learn more about motorcycle safety and how to share the road click here.