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Posted on: May 3, 2017

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

At last night's City Council meeting, Mayor Glenn Royal and his fellow Council members recognized May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. In an effort to curb an increase in motorcycle fatalities on Texas roads, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching its “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign as part of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May. The campaign implores drivers to watch closely for motorcycles, especially at intersections and when changing lanes.

“Part of our responsibility as motorists is to always be aware of other vehicles on the road and to give them plenty of space,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “Motorcycles are particularly vulnerable because they can be difficult to see and don’t have the standard safety features found in cars and trucks. On a motorcycle, even a relatively minor collision can be fatal, so we’re urging drivers to please keep an eye out for their fellow motorists.”

Motorcyclists are nearly 5 times more likely to be injured and 29 times more likely to be killed in a crash than car or truck occupants.i More than half (54 percent) of fatal motorcycle crashes result from a collision with a car or truck.ii From 2015 to 2016, Texas motorcycle fatalities increased from 464 to 493 (6 percent), and crashes resulting in seriously injured motorcyclists increased from 1,902 to 2,006 (5 percent). The summer months have the highest incidences of motorcycle crashes.iii TxDOT’s “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign reminds drivers to:

  • Always use turn signals.
  • Give motorcycles plenty of space and don’t follow too closely.
  • Check mirrors before changing lanes.
  • Give motorcyclists a full lane.

To learn more about the campaign, visit LookTwiceTexas.com or visit TxDOT’s website at txdot.gov. You can also follow TxDOT on Facebook at facebook.com/TxDOT and on Twitter at twitter.com/txdot.


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