Both safety officials and state police in Minn. and Wis. were nervous about this year's Fall Flood Run. The Flood Run is a twice a year rally that starts in Hudson, WI. and ends in Winona, MN. The Flood Run benefits Gillette Children's Specialty Heath Care. However, the officials fears were ungrounded as there were no skirmishes or serious accidents associated with the event.
State Safety officials took a proactive role this year and offered safety tips and warnings in both states. Their goal was to ensure that riders and motorists were cautious both during and after the event. Bill Shaffer, the motorcycle safety program coordinator for the state, wanted to ensure that everyone on the road last weekend made the right choices before and during the ride.
"Ultimately it's up to riders to reduce the risk of a crash. Be prepared for inattentive drivers by riding sober, keeping your speed in check, and doing whatever you can to be visible to other drivers."
Public Safety officials offered the following advice to motorists and riders:
- Maintain safe speeds and stay focused on driving.
- Motorists should take a second look for motorcyclists before entering or crossing a roadway.
- Motorists should buckle up and riders should wear proper safety gear.
- Don't drink and drive or drink and ride.
- Share the road!
The attorneys at Hupy & Abraham believe that many of these tips are important every day of the year; not just during the Fall Flood Run. Please be careful out there Wisconsin!