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May is Motorcycle Safety Awarness Month

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Every year with the arrival of May the motorcycle season begins in earnest. Bikers who have had to put their babies away for the winter have them out now and it's time to ride.

Meanwhile, motorists may well have put motorcycles out of their minds as they drive, so it's time to alert them once again to look out as they make lane changes and such: Motorcycles are out there. Watch for them and save lives.

In keeping with this annual push, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) today launched its promotional effort to get the word out.

"Motorcyclists take to the highways in large numbers every spring, and it's the responsibility of all road users to acknowledge us safely and attentively," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "This is why many states and local governments officially promote motorcycle awareness during the month of May. Unfortunately, many road users are not always mindful of those with whom they share the road, and an annual reminder is helpful for them to recognize the flow of motorcycles in traffic, and make an extra efforts to watch for motorcycles."

"One of the leading causes of motorcycle crashes is the fact that drivers don't see motorcycles," he said. "Simply put, drivers tell themselves to watch for cars, trucks, buses and pedestrians, but they don't tell always themselves to watch for motorcycles. We want to change that. If all drivers would make a conscious effort to look twice before turning left across the oncoming lane of traffic at an intersection, crashes could be prevented and lives would be saved."

In states across the nation, governors and transportation departments are issuing proclamations and press releases urging drivers to be aware. Drivers are advised to hang up their cell phones when driving, and turn their heads to look--don't just use your mirrors--before changing lanes. That one quick glance could save someone's life.

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