May 2015 is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. However, unless the government, advocacy groups, and individuals take part and promote both safety and awareness, then the month will have little effect.
Here’s What You Can Do
Whether you are a rider, a car driver, a trucker, or another interested party, you can:
- Put up posters. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of posters that you could put up (with permission) at local schools, parks, teen centers, community centers, churches, public buildings, coffee shops, and other locations.
- Write a letter to the editor. Again, the NHTSA website (linked to above) has a sample letter that you can use to submit to your local paper.
- Put a sticker on your vehicle. Let everyone around know that they should watch for motorcycles.
- Update your Facebook status or other social media account. You can share this post or other information with all of your friends or followers.
- Ask questions of Wisconsin drivers’ education programs. Make sure that your local drivers’ education programs are teaching new drivers how to share the road with motorcyclists.
There is no magic in identifying a month as a “safety awareness” month. That designation alone does not change behavior, nor does it prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Accordingly, we urge you take the actions described above, to browse our Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month materials (you can start with the related links section of this page), and to encourage others to do the same…because when we work together, we can make a difference.