NHTSA’s ANNUAL REMINDER – May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
“Motorcycling…is not of itself, inherently dangerous. Riding a motorcycle is however, extremely unforgiving of inattention, ignorance, incompetence or stupidity.”
Not sure who came up with the above quote and observation but I gotta tell yas…after 45 years of motorcycle riding experience, I could not of said it better myself. Unfortunately, we must add an additional warning to this observation today. No matter how good and safe a rider you are, there’s a distracted driver out there who could snuff you out.
Research from the Ad Council shows that people are convinced that being distracted while driving is dangerous, yet they are still doing it.
The good folks at the Ad Council are doing all they can to help educate our addicted-to-smartphones population. A big thanks goes to them for their efforts but in the end, it is “you” the driver and rider who needs to take responsibility for your safety and the safety of others on the roads. It is clear by now that no entity, private or public, is able to curtail distracted roadkills in any significant numbers.
Then, there’s the “Buzzed While Driving” crowd…how stupid are these individuals?
According to the Ad Council, someone is killed every 51 minutes in the U.S due to an alcohol-related car accident.
Start with “The Pledge”…I will not text and drive.
Come on people, we all know that distracted driving is dangerous. So how do we effectively deal with this roadkill habit?
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Hey Drivers…looking twice for motorcyclists is one of the best safety actions you can make while driving your vehicle.
The Bottom Line
Distracted drivers are unable to focus their full attention on the road. As noted earlier, they are the leading cause of most crashes per the NHTSA. They are a menace to themselves, their passengers, other drivers and killers of motorcyclists.
Only you can prevent motorcycle accidents so ride safely and look out for the distracted driver.
Me, I gave up riding motorcycles during commute hours years ago in southern California as I witnessed the driving while distracted epidemic take hold. The riding risk-to-reward ratio during commute times is simply not “worth it” to me.
Ride Safe Out There,
About Motorcycle Marc – I’m just a motoblogger, some say a motorcycle industry influencer, ambassador and sponsor. Since 2009, I’ve developed a strong, dedicated following of gearheads, motorheads, biker-wannabes and 2-wheeled adventurers who love motorcycles and everything motorcycle-related. Welcome to my world – Marc J. Beaulieu (MJB)
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