June Named Motorcycle Safety Month
In 2008, there were nearly 5,400 motorcycle crashes in New York State. Motorcycle fatalities increased by almost nine percent from 2007 to 2008, although preliminary data does show a decrease in motorcycle fatalities between 2008 and 2009. The second most common factor in these crashes was failure to yield the right of way. Between 2008 and 2009 there was an increase of motorcycle registrations of almost ten percent.
With those statistics in mind, Commissioner David J. Swarts of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, members of law enforcement and motorcycle safety trainers today held an event in Colonie, New York to remind motorists to watch for motorcycles on the roadways and encourage motorcycle riders to be properly trained.
“With the warmer weather upon us, we see an increased number of motorcycles on our roadways,” said DMV Commissioner Swarts. “Riding a motorcycle is more than a hobby and bikes are not toys. They are as much a part of our transportation system as are cars and trucks. We also remind motorists to watch out for motorcycles and encourage motorcyclists to get proper training so they can be prepared for every ride.”