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April 30, 2014

May is Motorcycle Safety, Awareness Month

Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month in the State of Indiana. The Governor joins ABATE of Indiana in urging motorists to check twice in looking for the motorcyclists with whom they share Hoosier highways.

Studies indicate that in multiple-vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcyclists’ right-of-way and caused the collision in two-thirds of those crashes. Statistics show that multiple-vehicle crashes account for approximately 75 percent of all motorcycle accidents. Cooperation between all road users is essential to successful traffic management and roadway safety.

Ninety-two percent of accident-involved riders are self-taught and have no formal training. Motorcycle rider courses supply riders with skills and strategies to prepare for riding, deal with hazards, and avoid accidents. Nearly 125,000 people have benefited from such classes in Indiana. ABATE of Indiana is the largest provider of rider education in the state.

Indiana motorcycle fatalities declined dramatically in 2013. The state did not introduce any substantial changes in laws pertaining to motorcycles last year. This points toward rider education and motorcycle awareness campaigns as the only significant, proactive measures responsible for this reduction in crashes in Indiana.

The continued efforts of Hoosiers, on two or more wheels, are required if we intend to maintain the trend in decreasing accidents and making Indiana safer for everyone. So remember to “Save A Life – Be Aware – Motorcycles Are Everywhere.”

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