FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2013
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May Means Safety for California Motorcyclists
Riding Enthusiast Bob Huff Authors Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
SACRAMENTO: Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) will serve as the author of SCR 41 which proclaims May 2013 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in California. Huff, who spoke at an ABATE rally held on the steps of the State Capitol earlier today, is partnering with ABATE and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to promote this month as Motorcycle Safety Awareness month.
“This is an important bipartisan effort and I’m pleased to report that members from both sides of the aisle in both the Senate and the Assembly are volunteering to serve as co-authors,” said Senator Huff. “Everyone who rides knows all too well what a critical issue safety is. I’m pleased that ABATE is partnering with the effort this year because they promote motorcycle safety through education, training and public awareness.”
Senator Huff’s resolution states, in part:
WHEREAS, in 1987, the State of California initiated a statewide, multifaceted motorcycle safety program designed to promote safety through the education and training of novice motorcycle riders; and
WHEREAS, beginning in 2008, the California Highway Patrol partnered with public and private motorcycle safety stakeholder organizations to develop a comprehensive effort to address a steep ten-year increase of motorcyclist fatalities and injuries on the state’s roadways.
Motorcycles are among the smallest and most vulnerable vehicles on the road and riders are at greater risk of death and serious injury than other vehicle operators if they are involved in a crash. According to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and five times more likely to be injured.
NHTSA statistics demonstrate the danger. In 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists died on America’s roads, accounting for 14 percent of total highway deaths despite motorcycle registrations representing only about 3 percent of all vehicles in the country. Despite historical declines in automobile fatalities, motorcycle deaths have increased every year for 13 of the past 14 years, except 2009 which saw a decline.
“When the weather improves, motorcyclists start to ride,” said Senator Huff. “Drivers need to be on the lookout for motorcyclists at all times. Cyclists also have the responsibility to obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.”
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.