American Motorcyclist Association highlights May as Motorcycle Awareness Month

Posted on May 9, 2019 by Motorcycle Maniac.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association
is issuing a special appeal to motorists to be aware of motorcycles during May,
which is Motorcycle Awareness Month and marks the return of motorcyclists to
the roadways throughout the country.

Drivers should doublecheck their mirrors and blind spots
before changing lanes, maintain a safe distance when following motorcycles and
pay particular attention when making left turns across traffic.

Photo by Kevin Wing

"Motorcycle Awareness Month also provides an excellent
opportunity for us to educate the nonriding public about the safety issues that
affect motorcyclists every time we leave our driveways," said AMA President
and CEO Rob Dingman. "May typically is a time when riders in much of the
country are getting their motorcycles out of the garage and onto the roads. By
calling special attention to motorcyclists in the spring, we hope that
motorists will stay alert to them throughout the rest of the year."

Motorcycle Awareness Month—launched by the AMA in the early
1980s and adopted by many state motorcycle-rights organizations, government
entities and AMA-sanctioned clubs—is observed each May.

The AMA is tracking bills in state legislatures across the
country that address the safety of motorcyclists, including the issue of
distracted driving. Those bills range from prohibitions on minors using
personal electronic devices, such as smart phones, to bans on the use of these
devices by drivers of any age.

Distracted driving is dangerous for all road users, claiming
3,166 lives in 2017 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration.

The AMA supports legislation that includes enhanced penalty
options to be determined by the courts in cases where distracted driving
results in a crash.

The official AMA position statements on distracted and
inattentive vehicle operation can be found at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/About-The-AMA/distracted-and-inattentive-vehicle-operation-1.

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