BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- With better weather more motorcyclists hit the roads, and riders need to make sure their equipment is safe.
May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
When it comes to the equipment, Bob Paolella of Brothers Harley-Davidson in Branford says riders should always check the battery.
"If the battery is not in good condition you're not gonna start," he said.
He also says not to overlook the tires, gas and oil. "Look around the motorcycle. Make sure that there is nothing that's leaking, nothing that's visible that's gonna say 'I'm not gonna have a good time today out there'."
As for the tires, there's only two of them so tire inflation is "critical" for good handling and riding. Paolella said. "Check for cracks, dry rot, tire wear -- you need to know the tread depth. Again, there's only two of them."
Attorney Carter Mario, who handles injury cases and is a motorcycle rider himself, says there are three things be aware of for safe and legal riding:
- Riders are required to wear a helmet if under the age of 18 or have a permit
- Riders are also required to wear eye protection
- Headlights always need to be turned on
A lone note, hand written, faded on the scarred tree is all that is left of the accident site where Jane Modlesky died after crashing her car in Glastonbury.
When it comes to drinking and driving, the two just don't mix. Nationwide, drunk driving continues to be a problem.
A Connecticut man's portrait of Nelson Mandela hangs at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Disturbing images from two middle school students on social media has sparked an investigation by police in Redding.
As the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy approaches, the Sandy Ground project is nearing its goal of building one new playground for each of the 26 victims.
The brand new head of the FBI was in Connecticut on Friday. James Comey visited the FBI branch in New Haven to discuss some of his biggest concerns.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport has sold a massive bronze statue for $300,000 to finance a major upgrade to its science education program for schoolchildren.
The Federal Railroad Administration has mandated that all Metro-North lines use new safeguards to control train speed, in order to alert engineers that a train is entering a dangerous section of track.
Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London has taken away the medical benefits of anyone on strike, News 8 has learned.
Gov. Dannel Malloy says the recent release of the 911 recordings from the Newtown school shooting has likely made things more difficult for the families, but he also says he expected they'd be released all along. He just wishes it had …