Washington, D.C. – May 24, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Congressional Motorcycle Caucus Co-Chair Representative Tim Griffin (R-AR) entered a statement into the May 22 Congressional Record to highlight motorcycle safety and to promote May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Griffin said for the record, “Mr. Speaker, as Co-Chair of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus and a motorcycle enthusiast, I rise today in support of Motorcycle Awareness Month, which is celebrated each May. With more than 27 million motorcycle riders today, and that number steadily increasing, being mindful of other types of road and highway users is critical for everyone. This is especially the case as the weather is warming up and more motorcycle riders are hitting the road.”
Griffin also recognized that motorcycle safety is a responsibility shared by all road users. “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. I urge vehicle drivers to check mirrors and blind spots and actively look for motorcycles–especially at intersections. Taking that brief moment can mean the difference between life and death for motorcycle riders and vehicle drivers alike.”
Griffin concluded with an admonition to motorcyclists to also take responsibility for their safety. “I also encourage my fellow motorcycle riders to take appropriate safety precautions by practicing safe riding techniques and wearing appropriate safety equipment.”
The Motorcycle Industry Council’s Director of Federal Affairs, Duane Taylor 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.”
Taylor concluded, “Congressman Griffin and the other members of the Motorcycle Caucus are great champions for motorcyclists. We encourage all riders to urge their Representative to join the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus.”
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