American Motorcyclist Association urges extra travel caution during Independence Day holiday

motorcyclist in traffic - Independence Day (Credit- Jeff Kardas)

Risk for motorcyclists heightened during annual celebration of American freedom

PICKERINGTON, OH – July 1, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The American Motorcyclist Association urges all road users to exercise extra caution and remain sober while driving or riding during the Independence Day holiday and the following weekend.

“On a holiday commemorating the birth of the many freedoms Americans enjoy, the AMA asks all road users to take extra precautions while exercising their freedom to travel this Independence Day,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “Motorists should be on the lookout for the many motorcyclists who will be on the road during what, for many, will be an extended weekend.

“And all road users should refrain from operating their vehicles when they are not sober,” Dingman said.

Communities across the country will stage festivals, celebrating our nation’s founding with live music, food, drink, parades and fireworks displays. In addition, families and friends will be attending picnics, and backyard cookouts.

People traveling to and from these events should exercise extra caution on the roads. Impaired and distracted driving becomes more prevalent during holiday travel times, increasing the risk to all motorists. But motorcyclists are always more vulnerable than other road users.

“Let’s all do our part to make sure everyone on the road arrives at their destinations safely and is able to celebrate the holiday with friends and family,” Dingman said. “Motorists and motorcyclists, alike, should leave extra space between their vehicles and those nearby, take an extra look before changing lanes or making a left turn and reduce speed for extra safety.”

The AMA is working to make America’s highways safer for motorcyclists.

The AMA has been at the forefront in dealing with distracted driving by motorists and has been active to ensure that motorcyclists are accounted for in the development and deployment of automated vehicle technology.

Please visit for the official AMA position statement on Distracted and Inattentive Vehicle Operation.

The AMA’s position statement on Automated Vehicles and the Safety of Motorcyclists is available at

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit

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Source: American Motorcyclist Association