On Wednesday morning, February 15, 2015, Governor Brandstad signed a proclamation making Motorcycle Awareness Month official in Iowa. The governor signs many proclamations and acknowledges many awareness days, weeks, and months each year, but is a motorcycle awareness month really necessary? What does it hope to accomplish?
Why This Awareness Month Is Important
Since 2009, more than 290 people have died in Iowa motorcycle accidents, including 51 people just last year. Many more people have been injured in motorcycle crashes. It is for these people, and their families, that Iowa Motorcycle Awareness Month is important, but it is also for the riders who have not yet been hurt and whose injuries and untimely deaths may still be prevented.
The 2012 Motorcycle Awareness Month proclamation signed by Governor Brandstad encouraged Iowans “To commit themselves to being more alert and aware of other motor vehicle drivers and especially those operating motorcycles….” It is the hope that this type of awareness by all drivers will keep motorcyclists from sustaining serious injuries—and from dying—due to the negligence of a car or truck driver.
This Continues to Be Important in 2015
We don’t want to see one more motorcyclist (or one more person who loves a motorcyclist) suffer. Accordingly, if all drivers—car drivers, truckers, and riders—are aware of one another and take steps to avoid accidents with all kinds of vehicles, then there may be fewer motorcycle accidents to report at the end of 2015 and fewer families left grieving the untimely deaths of their loved ones.