May is Motorcycle Awareness Month!

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MotorcycleLogoKeep Motorcyclists Off Of The Endangered List – Share the Road’ Campaign Highlights Mutual Safety Responsibilities of all Highway Users

(Conyers, GA) – In recognition of May as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) reminds motorists and motorcyclists alike to “Share the Road” conscientiously and courteously to help prevent motorcycle crashes which remain one of the most prevalent causes of death and injury on Georgia’s roads.

“Mutual responsibility is the safety message we are sharing with all road users to prevent motorcycle crashes. We are reaching out across the state to ensure that motorcyclists and drivers are obeying state and local laws”, said James Kelly, manager, GMSP.

Motorcyclists are about 30 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants, so whether you are driving the family sedan, an SUV, a school bus, a delivery van, or an 18-wheeler, drivers should always be on the lookout for motorcyclists. Drivers must be aware that a motorcycle, as one of the smallest of vehicles on the road, can be ‘hiding’ in your vehicle’s blind spots.  Always check blind spots, use mirrors and signal before changing lanes or making turns.

Motorcyclists have responsibilities too.  Riders should obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed, alert to other drivers, conspicuous at all times, never ride impaired or distracted, and always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet and other protective gear.

For additional information on motorcycle safety from NHTSA, click http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles.

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