May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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In recognition of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, we would like to reach out to motorists and motorcyclists alike, encouraging them to “share the road” in order to reduce motorcyclist deaths and injuries.

Motorcycles are among the smallest and most vulnerable vehicles on the road, putting riders at greater risk of death and serious injury in a crash. In fact, the latest statistics display this tragedy in stark numbers: Up until 2014, motorcycle deaths increased every year for over 17 years, except in 2009, which saw a decline. In 2014, 4,586 motorcyclists died on America’s roads, a decrease of 2.3 percent from 2013 (4,692). That’s 4,586 too many deaths that we can help prevent.

A key way we can reduce traffic fatalities and keep our roads safe is for drivers to understand motorcycle safety challenges such as size and visibility, and riding practices like obeying the speed limit, utilizing turn signals and keeping proper distance between vehicles.

In addition, by practicing the following habits, drivers and riders can improve highway safety for everyone:

Drivers should:

  • Be on the lookout for motorcyclists at all times;
  • Know the location of your vehicle’s blind spots. This can significantly improve your odds of avoiding a collision with a motorcyclist;
  • Signal all lane changes and turns, and constantly check mirrors and blind spots before proceeding;
  • Be fully focused on the task of driving and in control of their vehicles at all times; and
  • Never drive impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Riders should:

  • Obtain proper training and be licensed to operate a motorcycle;

Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and use reflective gear to be more visible. It is estimated that helmets saved the lives of 1,699 motorcyclists in 2012; and

  • Never ride while impaired or distracted.

Additional information can be found at www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles. Please join us in reaching out to drivers and motorcyclists this month to encourage safe driving every day of the year.

 

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