Share the Road With Motorcyclists

RECEIVED Tue., May 8, 2012

Dear Editor,
    There are more than 420,000 registered motorcyclists on the Texas roads, with more and more riders joining those numbers every day. There were 470 deaths in 2011, and in half of these crashes, the motorist did not see the motorcyclist. Under the Ride Safe in Texas program, our goal is to reduce the numbers of “I didn't see him” accidents. We have two programs that we work on throughout the year. We're asking city mayors all over Texas to proclaim May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month, along with Gov. Rick Perry; this helps promote our being seen on the streets and highways. We also work on installing “share the road” signs to remind drivers to look for us. Please look twice before switching lanes and give the motorcycle space. The life you may be saving could be your neighbor's, your child's teacher's, even your pastor's. This year, TxDOT has teamed up with our Safety and Awareness program and supplied us with 10,000 Share the Road yard signs across the state of Texas. Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell is among the 275 city mayors, along with 18 county judges, who have proclaimed May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.
Shelley "Red" Holmes
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