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Safety reminder: May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

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With warmer weather, more motorcyclists will be on the road, which is why May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, a time to remind all drivers to share the road and all motorcyclists to wear helmets and practice other safety measures.

Motorcyclists are 28% more likely to die in a crash and five times more likely to be injured than drivers in passenger vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2019, there were 957 motorcycle crashes in New Mexico and 54 fatalities; 38 were not wearing helmets.

Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways, according to a press release issued Thursday by the state Department of Transportation.

Drivers must be aware, it may be hard to see motorcycles because of their small size making it difficult to judge their distance. Motorists should also be aware of motorcycle riding practices like downshifting and weaving to know how to anticipate and respond to them.

“Even the smallest momentary lapse in a driver’s awareness can result in the death of an unseen motorcyclist,” said Transportation Secretary Mike Sandoval. “By raising motorists’ awareness, both drivers and riders will be safer sharing the road.”

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For more information visit www.nhtsa.gov/safety/motorcycles.

 

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