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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

5/9/18

PEORIA – Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month started May 1 and serves as the launch of a statewide effort known as Share the Road, which is geared to significantly reduce the number of crashes and fatalities on Arizona roadways.

Last year, there were 3,100 motorcycle wrecks and 123,000 vehicle crashes that involved injuries with a record numbers of fatalities. As noted recently by Governor Doug Ducey, the time is now for drivers and riders to focus on the critical importance of sharing the road and reducing driver distraction.

According to Mick Degn, executive director for the Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation (AMSAF), last year some 126,987 crashes took place in Arizona alone.

“We, and the partners we continue to seek, actively are involved in promoting the need for drivers/riders to share the road and to be more aware of their surroundings as they commute,” said Degn. “We do this through public safety outreach and community grassroots efforts including billboards, local police safety events, working with news outlets and social media, events and more. “

AMSAF, a nonprofit 501c (3) Foundation and its partners, which encompass healthcare, insurance, legal, police departments, corporations, small businesses and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS), are diligently working together to:

  • Focus Arizona drivers/riders on the critical need to be undistracted when driving.
  • Provide scholarships statewide to train motorcyclists how to drive more defensively and safely.
  • This powerful combination is the key to public awareness, better road safety practices and understanding.

The campaign is the offshoot of a program – the only one of its kind in the United States ¬– that originally was developed to provide motorcycle training scholarships at a reduced cost so more Arizonans would get the training they need to ride safely.

“We want others to join us in combatting this issue,” added Degn. “After all, the people sharing our roadways are your family members, customers, friends and colleagues. Their lives matter as does their safety and the safety of others.”

For more information, call 888.951.3732 or visit AMSAF at www.amsaf.org.