The month of May would be designated Motorcycle Awareness Month if House Bill 105 becomes law.
From the sandy Highway 12 on the Outer Banks to the curves of the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolinian natives and tourists alike enjoy riding our roads for recreation. Some motorists even use motorcycles or mopeds as their primary method of transportation. According to the bill, there are over 132,000 registered motorcycles within North Carolina’s borders and over 260,000 people licensed to drive motorcycles. We need to treat these motorists with the same safety and respect we would anyone else on the road in order to prevent motorcycle wrecks.
Motorcycle Awareness Month would promote the safe operation of motorcycles and proper education and training among their users. Rider training, good judgment and an up-to-date knowledge of traffic laws and licensing requirements are each essential, effective ways to ensure motorcyclists remain out of harm’s way.
The month would also be a time when efforts focus on bringing attention of car, van, bus and truck drivers on the state’s roads to the presence and prevalence of motorcycles. Motorists should know about the existence of a safety promotion, “Look Twice, Save a Life, Motorcycles Are Everywhere.” During the month of May, the efforts of organizations including the Concerned Bikers Association/ABATE of North Carolina and the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program will be bolstered by statewide support.