…AND IT IS NOT GOOD NEWS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Association has released their Fatal Crash Data Report for 2016, and it is not good news.
In the United States there were 5,286 deaths to motorcyclists – an increase of 257 from the previous year. Although the data for Long Island for the same year (2016) hasn’t been released yet, I’m sure it has not changed by much.
■ Motorcyclist fatalities for people 60 or older saw 156 more fatalities in 2016 than in 2015, an increase of 21.5 percent. Overall, there were 257 more motorcyclist fatalities in 2016, an increase of 5.1 percent over 2015.
■ There were 11.5 times as many unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities in States without universal helmet laws (1,923 unhelmeted fatalities) as in States with universal helmet laws (166 unhelmeted fatalities) in 2016
What Can You Do to Make a Difference in Motorcycle Safety Regulations
If you want to see change, you have a voice to do it. Here are a few suggestions to groups and organizations that advocate for Motorcycle Safety:
- Join the Motorcycle Riders Foundation http://mrf.org/
- Become a member of your Local ABATE which is a Motorcycle Riders Organization (MRO) Here’s the link for the Long Island ABATE https://longislandabate.org/membership/
- SIGN a petition. In 2015, Congress re-established the Motorcyclist Advisory Council in the Highway Bill to advise the Federal Highway Administration on “issues of concern to motorcyclists.” This important group would serve as the ONLY official forum on a national scale for motorcyclists to have an open dialogue with the Government. And yet, all but one individual selected was there to represent the technical aspects of the Council, including engineering, construction and traffic safety systems as well as roadway data. Only one seat out of ten was designated for a national motorcycle riders’ association to alone speak to the riding experiences and concerns of more than 8.5 million motorcyclists in the U.S.
- This is unacceptable, we must petition the government to add motorcyclists to the Council!
- Together, let’s spread the word: #LetRidersSpeak
We always advocate for Motorcycle Safety and Awareness, and Michael Levine Esq. (aka Motorcycle Mike) has posted some valuable motorcycle safety tips in a previous post that is located here: https://motorcyclemikeroadreport.com/may-is-motorcycle-safety-awareness-month
Please remember that if you were involved in a motorcycle accident and need questions answered call Motorcycle Mike at 866-639-5567.