FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 10, 2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Kentucky.
"About 250,000 Kentuckians have valid motorcycle licenses or permits," Gov. Beshear said. "It is especially important that drivers be aware of motorcycles on the streets and join in the safe sharing of roadways throughout Kentucky, especially during the seasonal return of motorcycles."
Last year in Kentucky, there were 1,963 crashes and 1,544 motorcycle-related injuries. Seventy-eight people were killed in motorcycle crashes. "Clearly, there's a need for greater motorcycle awareness and safety," said Boyd Sigler, director of highway safety programs for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office of Highway Safety encourages drivers to safely share the road with motorcyclists by:
- Remembering motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway.
- Allowing more lane width and following distance for motorcycles to maneuver or stop safely.
- Checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
- Signaling one's intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.