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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is reminding drivers to share the road as Texas recognizes Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

TxDOT Holds Rally in Round Rock

On Monday, the Texas Patriot Guard teamed up with TxDOT with the goal of raising awareness among drivers and riders about motorcycle and bicycle safety.

With flags reading “Look Twice for Motorcycles” and “Share the Road,” participants in the rally met at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock at 5 pm and continued with the event through the Round Rock Express game.

According to KHOU, the rally came after a weekend in which five accidents involving bicycles and motorcycles were recorded in Austin.

In one of the collisions, a man lost control of his motorcycle along Old Bee Caves Road near Highway 290 – the man was pronounced dead at the scene. In another, a 67-year-old man was struck and killed by a driver who claimed to never see the cyclist.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

  • According to TxDOT, 12 people were killed in motorcycle accidents last year in Austin alone.
  • State wide, the total number of deaths reached 464, up from 470 in 2012.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that between 2001 and 2008, motorcyclist death rates increased by 55 percent. Fatality and injury rates were highest among 20-24 year-olds.
Motorcycle Safety Tips

Following information provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Riders should always wear a DOT-approved helmet. As of 2012, 19 states and the District of Columbia had enacted universal helmet laws and 28 states had passed partial helmet laws.
  • Never ride after drinking. Riding under the influence greatly increases risk of collision.
  • Wear protective clothing as it will provide some protection against injury. At night, it is recommended that riders where bright colors or reflective materials to increase visibility.
  • Exercise caution and avoid tailgating.


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