More Motorcyclists on Roads, Safety Urged
News from Patch.com:

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and AAA Southern New England advises motorists and motorcyclists alike to be more aware of the need to share the road safely.

During May — and of course, for the rest of the year — motorists and other road users are reminded to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.

Based on the latest 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclist fatalities increased slightly to 4,502, a figure that accounts for 14 percent of total fatalities for the year.

This rise — though slight — resumes a 13-year trend that saw only a single one-year decline in 2009, when 4,462 motorcyclists were killed.

Prompted by rising gas prices and greater numbers of women and older riders, motorcycle purchases and registrations have exploded over the last decade.

Although 2011 figures aren’t compiled yet, NHTSA reports the Nutmeg State sustained 52 bike fatalities in 2010, compared to the 49 in 2009.

 “As the weather improves, more and more motorcyclists are hitting the roads,” says Fran Mayko “And with that in mind, pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers of all vehicles, including SUVs, passenger cars and trucks, need to be extra attentive and make sure they ‘share the road.’

Meanwhile, AAA offers these tips to keep drivers and bikers safe on the roadways…………… continues on Patch.com

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Motorcyclists and motorists share in safety awareness
News from North Fort Myers Neighbor:

Look twice. Save a life.

The popular catchphrase associated with motorcycling can be found on everything from bumper stickers on vehicles, to signs in yards.

With May marked as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, authorities and biking enthusiasts ask that motorists stay alert and share the road.

“It’s all about awareness out there,” Wayne Cerra, president of ABATE of Florida’s Southwest Chapter, said. “The reason it’s important is we ride.”

“We just want people to share the road,” he said.

Gov. Rick Scott, joined by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Cape Coral’s mayor will do the same Sunday at the local ABATE’s meeting.

“I think it’s great,” Cerra said. “We love when we can get elected officials to recognize us. We’re not the only one out there, we’ve got people backing us.”

According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 7,484 motorcycle crashes in 2010 – a 10 percent drop from the year before. Three hundred fifty motorcyclists were killed, along with 33 riders.

Of the motorcycle passengers who died, four were male – 88 percent were female. Of the motorcyclists killed, 10 were female – 97 percent were male.

Rider injuries totaled 725, while motorcyclist injuries came in at…………… continues on North Fort Myers Neighbor

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