Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month


WHEREAS, approximately 400,000 Virginians carry motorcycle endorsements on their driver’s licenses, and there are more than 200,000 registered motorcycles in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon all vehicle drivers to respect the safety of motorcyclists and to share the roadway; and

WHEREAS, whether on a motorcycle or in a vehicle, eliminating distractions and being defensive are critical to reducing motorcycle crashes and fatalities; and

WHEREAS, in 2014, 77 lives were lost in motorcycle crashes in Virginia, a 22 percent increase from 2013; and

WHEREAS, the safe operation of a motorcycle requires a combination of rider training, experience, good judgment, and knowledge of traffic laws and licensing requirements; and

WHEREAS, state agencies, motorcycle enthusiasts, motorcycle clubs, and state and local law enforcement officials are joining together to encourage all motorists to drive with caution and to emphasize that motorcycle riders and automobile drivers share the responsibility for safety;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2015 as the start of MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.