NORFOLK, Va. (May 10, 2022) May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, reaffirmed that motorcycle safety remains the Department of the Navy’s top priority ( DON) in a recent ALNAV message.

So far in fiscal year 2022, the DON has lost 10 Sailors and Marines (five from the Navy, five from the Marine Corps) due to motorcycle accidents. Del Toro is emphasizing increased leadership involvement to ensure Navy and Marine Corps pilots have the training, programs and support necessary to operate safely on our country’s roads.

“The loss of a sailor or sailor to a death on a motorcycle results in a significant loss to family, friends and shipmates, but what is most tragic is that the majority of causal factors can be mitigated,” Del Toro said. “As we prepare to ramp up for the spring and summer, we must aggressively address motorcycle safety and protect our Sailors and Marines.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that in 2020, motorcycle-related fatalities accounted for 14% of total road fatalities. Other disturbing statistics note that motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than vehicle occupants to die in a road accident and four times more likely to be injured. These figures show how vital motorcycle safety is.

“Basic riding principles, sound decision-making and individual responsibility are important for our riders to mitigate unnecessary risk every time they think about getting on a motorcycle,” Del Toro said. “As May is observed as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, I encourage all levels of the chain of command to engage with their riders to ensure they are taking all necessary precautions to drive safely.”

One of the resources available is a Department of Transportation (DOT) motor vehicle safety-focused public awareness campaign that includes four areas of focus: motorist awareness of motorcycles, drive sober or get arrested, safety drivers and share the road. The first aims to help motorists understand driving behaviors and learn how to drive safely around motorcycles on our roads. The second relates to the prevention of impaired driving. The third focuses on ways in which motorcyclists can increase their riding safety, and the fourth promotes motorcyclist awareness and safety for both motorcyclists and motor vehicle operators.

For more information on the four major campaigns, visit https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/motorcycle-safety.

Date taken: 05.10.2022
Date posted: 05.10.2022 13:40
Story ID: 420374
Location: NORFOLK, Virginia, USA

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