RALEIGH — The Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced today that state and local law enforcement officers cited 30,562 motorists for traffic and criminal violations during the “Motorcycle Safety Awareness” Campaign, which ran April 30 – May 6.
“State and local law enforcement agencies across the state stepped up patrols and conducted training during the week-long campaign to educate cyclists and motorists about the importance of motorcycle safety,” said GHSP Director Becky Wallace.
During the campaign, GHSP partnered with law enforcement agencies to conduct motorcycle safety rider training courses across the state. Also, Bike Safe North Carolina conducted various motorcycle safety training classes throughout the state during the campaign and will conduct more throughout the month.
In North Carolina, there are more than 196,000 registered motorcycles. In 2011, there were 4,116 motorcycle crashes, which resulted in 143 fatalities and 3,967 injuries.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program offers the following important safety tips to motorcyclists and other drivers:
Always wear a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218 helmet. It is the law in North Carolina. A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is five times more likely to sustain a critical head injury than a helmeted rider.
Be visible at all times. This includes wearing bright or reflective clothing.
Share the road. Motorcyclists have the right to a full lane.
Stay alert. Be aware that motorcycles can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spot; take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic when changing lanes.
Keep a safe distance. Allow more following distance behind motorcycles.
Be cautious. Be aware that turn signals on a motorcycle are not self-canceling, thus some riders sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change.
For county-by-county citation totals or more information regarding motorcycle safety, visit the Governor's Highway Safety Program website at www.ncdot.org/programs/ghsp.