May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s report in 2013, the most recent year for which data is currently available, only 3% of all vehicles on the road are motorcycles, but they account for 14% of traffic-related deaths, with 4,668 motorcyclist fatalities recorded nationwide in 2013.
Summer is just around the corner, and there will be more motorcyclists on the road. The Freeholder Board reminds motorists to be sure to share the road and watch out for motorcycles, as they can be more difficult to see due to their size, and they can end up in a car’s blind spot relatively easily.
It’s also important for motorcyclists to remember safe riding techniques and to never ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Helmet use is most important aspect of staying safe while riding, and New Jersey state law requires all motorcyclists and passengers to wear a helmet.