Riders’ Rights: Motorcycle Awareness Gets Attention On Capitol Hill
The importance of drivers watching for motorcycles, and motorcyclists riding safely, got some much-needed attention in Washington, D.C., on May 22.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), co-chairman of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus, made a statement for the record noting May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and stressed the importance of motorcycle safety.
“Drivers’ failure to see motorcycles is one of the leading causes of motorcycle crashes, and the prevalence of distracted and inattentive driving poses a significant threat to motorcycle riders,” Griffin said.
“I urge vehicle drivers to check mirrors and blind spots and actively look for motorcycles, especially at intersections,” he said. “Taking that brief moment can mean the difference between life and death for motorcycle riders and vehicle drivers alike.
“I also encourage my fellow motorcycle riders to take appropriate safety precautions by practicing safe riding techniques and wearing appropriate safety equipment,” he said.
Duane Taylor, the Motorcycle Industry Council‘s Director of Federal Affairs, noted, “Congressmen Griffin is a rider himself and a great friend and supporter of motorcyclists and the motorcycle industry. We would like to thank him for highlighting motorcycle safety and using his position as a member of Congress to urge all road users to play an active role in the safety of motorcyclists.
The Congressional Motorcycle Caucus includes members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who are committed to advancing motorcycling and improving the safety of motorcyclists. U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) is the other co-chairman.