GLEN BURNIE, MD (May 3, 2021) – Sometimes you see them, often not. To raise awareness and encourage all travelers to share the road with bikers, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Maryland. In support of this designation, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office (MHSO) reminds motorists to Be the LOOK TWICE pilot to help eliminate motorcycle accidents. This educational awareness-raising effort focused on motorcycle safety is part of the Be the driver campaign, in which MHSO and its partners encourage drivers and drivers to share the road by staying alert, driving responsibly and signaling their intentions.
“Most motorcycle deaths occur between May and September. Motorcycle Safety Month is therefore an important time to remind motorists to watch out for some of the most vulnerable road users, ”said Chrissy Nizer, MDOT MVA administrator and Governor Larry Hogan’s road safety representative. . “We can continue to reduce the number of motorcycle tragedies on our roads by obeying speed limits, driving and driving sober and staying alert. ”
In 2020, there were 68 motorcycle deaths in Maryland. That’s an improvement from 2019, when 77 deaths occurred in the state, but more can be done to promote safety on Maryland’s roads.
“It is important that everyone understands the need to share the road with our fellow travelers, whether they are by car or truck, motorbike, bike or on foot,” said MDOT secretary Greg Slater. . “We all have a role to play in ensuring that our fellow Maryland residents and visitors to our state get to their destinations safely. Remaining vigilant and attentive to motorcycle safety is an essential part of this shared responsibility. “
As part of Motorcycle Safety Month, MDOT MVA encourages riders and riders to share the road using the following tips:
- Share the road with bikers.Motorcyclists can use the entire route, so give them space and don’t cut them.
- Look twice for the motorcycles.When there is an accident involving a car and a motorcycle, the motorist is at fault more than half the time. Signal your intentions and always double-check or more before you turn left, merge, change lanes, and enter traffic.
- Remember that motorcyclists are smaller than cars.Drivers tend to look for other cars and trucks, but not always motorcycles. And because a biker and his motorcycle are smaller than a car, they are often difficult to see.
- Minimize and check your blind spots.Motorcycles are easily hidden by the driver’s blind spot. Check your mirrors regularly while driving and adjust them to show more of the road and less of your vehicle.
- Be courteous, non-aggressive and respectful of other road users when riding.
- Be visible at all times.Choose driving gear that increases your visibility in traffic and provides protection in the event of an accident. Use bright colors and retro-reflective tape or decals, especially at night.
- Ride so you can be seen.There isn’t a safe place to ride. Use lane positioning to be seen by drivers. Ride with your headlight on and consider using a modulating headlight.
- Give yourself space and time to react.Leave space for braking or to avoid an accident.
- Signal your intentions.Signal before changing lanes. Avoid weaving between the tracks. Flash your brake light when slowing down and before stopping. Make your lane changes gradually.
- Learn early, learn often.Motorcycle safety training courses have a lot to offer new, experienced and returning riders. Keep your skills up to date by regularly attending a motorcycle skills training course.
Motorcycle accidents are preventable. The Be the driver The safety awareness campaign reminds drivers and motorcyclists to drive sober, put the phone down, slow down and buckle up while in a vehicle. The Be the LOOK TWICE pilot The video will debut on social media in May, illustrating how a rider can easily see motorcyclists for a second and how quickly this motorcycle can disappear into a blind spot. Additional ads will run on Facebook, Pandora Radio, and select billboards across the state.
MDOT MVA remains committed to providing training courses for both beginners and experienced riders that emphasize the skills and focus required to ride a motorcycle. MDOT MVA provides a list of training centers where riders can make sure they have the mental skills and strategies for responsible motorcycle riding.
Learn more about the MDOT MVA Road Safety Office’s commitment to zero road fatalities in Maryland at ZeroDeathsMD.gov and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at zerodeathsmd.