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    Motorcycle Awareness Month As motorcyclists turn their calendars to a new month...

    AIGHT so i'm taking the easy way out and just copy n' pasting what my friend KIM in Cali. has just posted on r1-forum,! some pretty scary stats.! #s just cant be right

    Motorcycle Awareness Month

    As motorcyclists turn their calendars to a new month, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reminds all road users that May marks Motorcycle Awareness Month.

    Rob Dingman (AMA President & CEO) says: "Motorcyclists take to the highways in large numbers every spring, and it's the responsibility of all road users to welcome us safely and attentively.

    "This is why many states and local governments officially promote motorcycle awareness during the month of May. Unfortunately, many road users are not always mindful of those with whom they share the road, and an annual reminder is necessary for them to acknowledge the flow of motorcycles in traffic."

    Efforts by the motorcycling community to establish Motorcycle Awareness Month can be traced back to the early 1980s, shortly after the release of the landmark "Hurt Report" conducted by Motorcycle Hall of Famer Professor Hugh H. "Harry" Hurt in 1981.

    The report is entitled "Volume I: Technical Report, Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, January, 1981 - Final Report." The Hurt Report set the benchmark for motorcycle safety research in the United States, if not the world.

    One of the leading causes of crashes, according to the Hurt Report, was this: "The automobile driver fails to detect the inconspicuous motorcycle in traffic. This is due to lack of motorcycle and rider conspicuity and lack of caution and awareness of the automobile driver."

    Drivers can improve their ability to avoid a crash with a motorcyclist by respecting the motorcyclist's space on the road, not following too closely and taking extra care to watch for motorcyclists at intersections.

    Indeed, the AMA recognizes that distracted or inattentive driving has become a major concern to the motorcycling community. Far too many cases have been documented of motorcyclists being injured or killed as the result of other vehicle operators being distracted or inattentive.

    Rob Dingman says: "If all drivers would make a conscious effort to look twice before turning left across the oncoming lane of traffic at an intersection, lives would be saved."

    For motorcyclists, the AMA strongly encourages the use of personal protective equipment - including gloves, sturdy footwear and a properly fitted motorcycle helmet certified by its manufacturer to meet the U.S. Department of Transportation standard - as part of a comprehensive motorcycle safety program to help reduce injuries and fatalities in the event of a motorcycle crash.

    Although statistics reported by the Governors Highway Safety Association indicate that in recent years motorcycle fatalities are down, by 2 percent in 2010 and 16 percent in 2009, any death of a motorcyclist in a crash is one too many.

    That's why the AMA has long encouraged local and state governments to maintain or increase funding for motorcycle rider education and motorist awareness programs - two highly effective strategies to reduce the likelihood of motorcycle crashes.

    It's also why the AMA lobbied for a new comprehensive study on all aspects of motorcycle crashes.

    Rob Dingman says: "In the decades since the Hurt Report, the traffic environment has changed enormously, which prompted the AMA to begin campaigning for a new study several years ago.

    "We need real, hard answers to identify the reasons behind both the long-term increase in motorcyclists' deaths and the short-term decline. This issue is too important to simply speculate."

    The Federal Highway Administration has undertaken a comprehensive study at the Oklahoma Transportation Center, an independent and well-respected transportation research facility at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., under the direction of Dr. Samir Ahmed. The study is expected to conclude in 2013.

    Motorcycle Crash-Related Data

    In 2008, motor vehicle crash-related deaths involving cars and light trucks reached an all-time low in the United States. At the same time, however, motorcyclist deaths reached an all-time high, more than doubling between 1999 and 2008.

    A recent CDC study found that:

    Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 persons were treated in a U.S. emergency department (ED) for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injury.

    The highest death and injury rates were among 20-24 year-olds, followed by 25-29 year-olds.

    More than half of all nonfatal injuries treated in EDs were to the leg/foot (30%) or head/neck (22%).

    Motorcyclist death rates increased 55% from 2001 to 2008 (1.12 per 100,000 persons in 2001 to 1.74 per 100,000 persons in 2008).

    The number of nonfatal motorcyclist injuries that were treated in EDs also increased, from nearly 120,000 injuries in 2001 to about 175,000 in 2008.

    With more people in the United States riding motorcycles today than ever before, motorcyclist deaths and injuries are an important public health concern.

    How Helmets and Helmet Laws Can Help
    Helmets save motorcycle riders' lives.

    The most effective way to get people to wear helmets is by passing and enforcing a universal helmet law. This type of law requires all motorcycle riders and passengers of all ages to wear helmets whenever they ride.

    Each state decides its respective helmet law. As of 2010, 20 states and the District of Columbia had universal helmet laws, 27 states had a partial helmet law, and 3 states had no helmet law.

    Safety Tips for Riders
    When you ride your motorcycle, follow these tips to stay safe:

    Always wear a DOT-approved helmet.

    Never ride your motorcycle after drinking. Alcohol greatly impairs your ability to safely operate a motorcycle. If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.

    Don't let friends ride impaired. Take their keys away.

    Wear protective clothing that provides some level of injury protection. Upper body clothing should also include bright colors or reflective materials, so that other motorists can more easily see you.

    Avoid tailgating and riding between lanes.

    Maintain a safe speed and exercise caution when traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel.

    More Information
    Motorcycle Safety: How To Save Lives and Save Money (Motorcycle Safety Guide)
    Motorcycle Safety: Helmets Save Lives
    Motor Vehicle Safety: CDC Resources
    Last edited by bacchus40; 05-05-2011 at 02:47 AM.

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