Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month comes to a close

By Brittney Champion, Intern | Jun 02, 2014
Photo by: Brittney Champion

The month of May is dedicated to Motorcycle Safety Awareness, and this year’s campaign came to a close May 29 in Maggie Valley.

Craig Moss, who works with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, partnered with Dale Walksler, curator of Wheels Through Time Museum, to give a brief presentation on the importance of motorcycle safety in North Carolina. State troopers and other law enforcement officers traveled from across the state to attend.

The goal was to explain the importance of motorcycle safety, as well as promote the free class, BikeSafe N.C., for motorcyclists to learn techniques from trained law enforcement officers on how to be safe on the road.

In North Carolina this is an important topic as there have been three fatal motorcycle accidents in the month of May alone, emphasizing the need for safety classes.

“These stories are happening far too often. High visibility clothing and driving techniques are two important tools that can keep motorcycle drivers safe on our Highways,” Moss said.

It is important for not only the cyclist to take precautions to prevent accidents, but for all vehicles on the road. Moss said all motorists need to be aware of their surroundings and pay attention to the laws while on the North Carolina roads.

In 2013 there were 3,788 motorcycle crashes, 149 fatalities and 3,571 injuries in North Carolina. Even though the fatalities had decreased from the prior year, the numbers are still alarming.

“In Western North Carolina, there are more motorcycle riders than in any part of the state,” Moss said. “You have riders in the spring, summer and fall and with curvy roads and mountain hills and it is sometimes hard for fellow motorist to see motorcycles.”

North Carolina’s Governor’s Highway Safety Program is sponsoring free BikeSafe N.C. classes. There are 30 planned classes for this year that will benefit motorcyclists everywhere, he said.

For more information or to sign up for a class visit www.bikesafenc.org.

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