Share the road

CHP’s Motorcycle Safety Grant

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release about their “Have a Good Ride II” grant to spotlight motorcycle safety. Motorcycle riders are one of the few roadway user groups, which continue to see an increase in injury-causing and fatal crashes across the state. According to the CHP, in 2013, motorcycle-involved fatal collisions increased 4.5 percent and injury collisions increased 6.1 for the previous 12-month period. The grant, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be used to get the message out to drivers and riders about motorcycle safety.

Have a Good Ride

The “Have a Good Ride” safety campaign will run from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016 and encompass a wide variety motorcycle safety educational programs to raise awareness for all roadway users. There will be public service announcements on the radio, on social media and on the big screen. Various educational events will be scheduled, and motorcycle riders will be encouraged to increase their personal safety through the use of safety helmets. The CHP will also increase motorcycle safety enforcement operations throughout the state.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

  • In 2013, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in crashes across the nation.
  • An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2013.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
  • The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,630 motorcyclists’ lives in 2013.
  • 25 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2013 were riding their vehicles without valid motorcycle licenses.

Share the Road

Although helmets undoubtedly improve the likelihood of surviving a crash and help to prevent traumatic brain injuries, the CHP is encouraging motorists to share the road with motorcycle riders. Motorcycle riders are depending upon drivers to pay attention to the road, and “look twice.” Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on the road, so drivers need to be on the lookout for them. Remember that sharing the road means making a commitment to distraction-free driving. Finally, always give a motorcycle rider plenty of room to maneuver in the event of an emergency.

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