June 10, 2009
June Proclaimed Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month in New York State
Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd Promotes, ‘Sharing the Road,’ with Motorcycles by Joining Efforts with Local, State and Federal Partners
Motorcyclist fatalities have steadily increased over the past decade. In fact, in 2007, there was a seven percent increase in fatalities from 4,837 in 2006, to 5,154. That's why the Oswego County Sheriffs' Office announced today that they are joining with other federal, state and local highway safety, law enforcement, and motorcycle organizations in proclaiming June 2009 as, "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month," in New York State. All motorists are reminded to safely, "Share the Road," with motorcycles and to be extra alert when driving to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists in case other drivers are not looking out for motorcycle riders.
"As the weather improves, more and more motorcyclists are hitting the roads, and with that in mind, drivers of all vehicles, whether you're driving an SUV, passenger car or truck, need to be extra attentive and make sure you, ‘Share the Road.’ Motorcycles are some of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a vehicle's blind spot so everyone needs to really look out for them," said Sheriff Todd.
It's crucial that motorists always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections. According to Sheriff Todd, "Motorcyclists have responsibilities, too. They should follow the rules of the roadway, be alert to other drivers, and always wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.”
Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than passenger vehicle occupants in the event of a crash. He said that research shows that per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely than a passenger car occupant to die in a traffic crash.
The Sheriff offered several tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways:
In addition he said motorcyclists can increase their safety by:
Sheriff Todd concluded by saying, “My message to all drivers and motorcyclists is, make this the first year in recent years when motorcycle fatalities do not increase. Help to share in the responsibility and do your part by safely ‘Sharing the Road’.”
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