Riding a motorcycle is exhilarating and scary at the same time. You never know what might happen when you head out for a ride, even if you are the safest motorcycle rider in the state of Georgia.
Motorcycle safety was celebrated and the focus of a month-long campaign in May in Georgia by emergency and government officials with Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
The month was designated as such by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which made it a safety initiative across the country. In Georgia, the Georgia Motorcycle Program partnered with the NHTSA to remind all motorists to share the road with motorcycles. The Georgia Motorcycle Program is operated by the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
The NHTSA reports that if the number of miles driven remains constant, a motorcycle rider is 26 times more likely to die in an accident than someone in a motor vehicle.
Spencer R. Moore, the Georgia Department of Driver Services Commissioner, released the following statement:
“It’s up to all motorists and motorcyclists to make our roads safer. All road users need to share the responsibility of keeping the roadways safe. By following road signs, obeying speed limits, and always staying focused on the road, deaths and injuries can be prevented.”
Officials in Georgia reminded all motorists to leave enough distance from the vehicle in front of them, use turn signals when changing lanes, obey all speed limits and always drive with the running lights activated.
You could very well be the safest motorcycle rider in the entire state of Georgia and still wind up involved in an accident. There is only so much you can do to protect yourself on a motorcycle.
Georgia officials reminded motorcycle riders to wear reflective gear when riding during dusk and at night, wear bright colors during the day, put reflective striping on all apparel, always use hand and turn signals, position the motorcycle in traffic so it is seen and to always follow the rules of the road.
There were 37 people killed in motorcycle accidents in 2017 according to data released by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
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