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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 7, 2015
MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AND AWARENESS MONTH
Motorcycle Safety, Road Sharing Stressed As Summer Approaches
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee today announced that May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. This designation serves to remind motorists to watch for motorcyclists and stresses the importance of motorcycle safety as more bikes are on the roads with the onset of warmer weather.
"We urge motorists to watch for motorcyclists and safely share the road with them," said Terri Egan, Deputy Commissioner of Safety, Consumer Protection, & Clean Air for the Department of Motor Vehicles. "Safe riding practices and cooperation from all those on the roadways will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries. Whether you're riding or driving, everyone needs to share the responsibility of keeping the roadways safe."
In 2013, there were more than 5,100 motorcycle crashes in New York State, resulting in 171 fatalities and more than 5,000 injuries. Nationally, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes, a decrease from 2012 (4,986). Those deaths account for 14 percent of the total highway fatalities that year, despite motorcycle registrations representing only 3 percent of all vehicles in the United States in 2013.
"Through the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers training courses to match a variety of skill levels and rider experience," said Foundation Program Manager Ben Zadrozny. "Whether you are new to motorcycling or have been riding for years, training is an essential part of being safe on the road. The best place for a new rider to start once they've made the decision to ride is by completing a MSF Basic RiderCourse."
"New York continues to see steady increases in the number of licensed motorcyclists, with the most recent count over 700,000. The sustained popularity of motorcycles and the vulnerability of riders underscores the need to continually address safety issues to protect motorcyclists on the roadways," said Egan. "The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee provides vital support for police officer training, motorcycle road checks and other enforcement strategies, and statewide awareness campaigns such as Motorcycle Safety Month, to help improve motorcycle safety throughout the state."
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than occupants of cars to die in a crash, and five times more likely to be injured.
The following are some tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways.
Motorcyclists can increase their safety by:
More information can be found by visiting the DMV's Web site at dmv.ny.gov, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Web site at www.safeny.ny.gov, or the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program Web site at www.nysmsp.org.