May is finally here and with it comes warmer weather and sunshine. It also brings more motorcyclists out from hibernation and onto the roads and freeways. As such, May has been declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by the NHTSA. The goal of this yearly campaign is to remind all motorists to share the road with motorcyclists and to be mindful of their presence.
As part of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the NHTSA and DOT are reminding all motorists to watch out for motorcyclists, especially when changing lanes and at intersections. Each and every year, thousands of motorcyclists lose their lives in motorcycle accidents across the country. Sadly, drivers who were alert and aware of the motorcyclist on the road could’ve prevented the majority of those accidents.
What is your state doing to honor Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month?
California: the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety are using May to help raise awareness through a month-long safety and awareness campaign. After all, more than 1.3 million motorcyclists call California their home and their safety is primary concern for traffic and safety officials.
Texas: Last year, nearly 500 motorcyclists died in Texas accidents, accounting for 15% of all traffic deaths that year. As such, the Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers to use extra caution around motorcyclists. The Texas Department of Transportation pubic awareness campaign is in full swing, titled “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles”. TxDOT will also host dramatic motorcycle processions in cities where the most fatalities have occurred. Texas Patrol Guard Riders will be riding in a “caravan” carrying a flag that symbolizes the awareness campaign.
Florida: The Florida Highway Patrol is using May to remind all motorists and motorcyclists alike to use caution and “Share the Road”. Throughout the month of May, the Cape Coral Police Department in Florida will run special enforcements on safety in honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Jacksonville is also hosting Motorcycle Safety Awareness Expo at the Jacksonville Landing this Saturday, May 10th.
New York: This month, the NY Department of Transportation launched its awareness campaign titled “None for the Road”. This is to remind all motorists and motorcyclists to abstain from drinking and drugs while driving. ABATE groups and other motorcycle groups are riding to raise awareness for motorcycle safety this month. The NY ABATE ride was held the first weekend of the month.
Pennsylvania: PennDOT, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania motorcycle community are coming together this month to raise awareness for motorcycle safety and offering free motorcycle training to anyone with a Pennsylvania motorcycle license. Nearly 3,500 motorcycle crashes occurred on Pennsylvania roads last year, resulting in 181 deaths. The Cambria County Chapter of ABATE has scheduled its annual Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day for May 17th this year in Johnstown Central Park.
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys® hopes everyone has a fun filled summer with miles and miles of road in front of you!
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