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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Tallahassee, FLA. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is recognizing May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in an effort to highlight the importance of improving safety and reducing motorcycle crashes. Due to Florida’s exceptional weather and roadways, many Floridians enjoy motorcycles as a means of transportation. While safety is the number one priority for FDOT throughout the year, during May, the Department is placing an additional focus on this important issue to encourage all road users to share the road and watch for motorcycles.

“We are committed to creating a safe environment for all road users,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault. “It takes everyone working together to create a positive roadway experience. When all users share the road safely, we create a better Florida.”

To help prevent crashes and promote lifelong training among Florida riders, FDOT has partnered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and several motorcycle training providers in high crash areas to offer experienced rider courses at a reduced cost throughout the month of May. FDOT will pay $75 toward an experienced rider motorcycle course at the following training sites: Brandon Harley Davidson, Jacksonville Motorcycle Safety Training, Adventure Rider Training, Bert’s Harley Davidson and Motorcycle Training Institute Inc. Please visit www.ridesmartflorida.com for more details.

“Whether you operate a vehicle or motorcycle, take responsibility for your role on the road,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Drivers should always look twice, use caution when changing lanes and give others plenty of space. We all share Florida’s roadways, so always look out for one another to Arrive Alive.” 

But reducing the number of motorcycle-involved crashes goes beyond training and prevention on the part of the motorcyclist. Vehicle drivers should also focus on driving and be more responsible by driving undistracted, unimpaired and with awareness and respect for all road users. 

We are asking motorcyclists to ride S-M-A-R-T and motorists to share the road by using these simple tips.

Tips for motorcyclists: 

  • Say no to drinking and riding. (30% of motorcycle fatalities involved a rider that’s drunk)
  • Make yourself more visible to motorists. (Wear bright colors or add lights)
  • Always wear your gear, including a DOT-compliant helmet.
  • Ride in control. (Many single motorcycle crashes occur due to a rider riding off of the roadway, such as riding too fast for a curve)
  • Train regularly and get endorsed. (Keep up your skills is an important role in crash avoidance)

Tips for drivers:

  • Always look for motorcycles. If you don’t look for motorcycles, you can’t see motorcycles.
  • Check for motorcycles at intersections; if you see one approaching, let them pass before you turn. (Motorcycles may look like they are traveling slower than they are)
  • Check your mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic
  • Do not tailgate; allow more following distance when following a motorcycle. (Motorcycles do not always use their brakes to slow down; sometimes they down shift, therefore brake lights are not on.) 
  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Always drive sober.
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May
01

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Transportation is observing May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  More than a million drivers in Florida have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver licenses, and many visitors ride motorcycles in the Sunshine State due to Florida’s great weather and roads. Safety is FDOT’s top priority and throughout the month the department is working to raise awareness and educate all road users on the importance of motorcycle safety.

FDOT Secretary Mike Dew said, “It’s everyone’s responsibility to use care and drive responsibly by looking out for all motorists, especially those on motorcycles. By working together, and following important safety practices, users of our roadways can become better aware of motorcyclists while traveling throughout the state.”

During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, FDOT is asking motorcyclists and motorists to share the road by using these simple tips.

Tips for motorcyclists: 

  • Say no to drinking and riding.
  • Make yourself more visible to motorists: Wear bright colors.
  • Always wear adequate riding gear including DOT-compliant helmet.
  • Ride in Control (within legal and personal limits).
  • Train regularly and get endorsed.
  • Inspect your motorcycle before each ride to ensure your safety by having it in good working order.

Tips for drivers:

  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width; never try to share a lane.
  • Check for motorcycles by looking in your mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.
  • When turning at intersections be extra vigilant and watch for motorcycle before turning. You must watch for motorcycles to see motorcycles.
  • Do not tailgate. Allow more following distance when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
  • Don’t drive distractedeyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on driving.
  • Always drive sober.

 

April 30, 2018

Edith Peters, 850-414-4043
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