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Michigan Secretary of State promotes Motorcycle Safety Awareness
On behalf of Ryan, Podein & Postema, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Wednesday, May 16, 2012
As many motorcyclists throughout the nation are aware, May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. To commemorate the event, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, recently took to the road to promote motorcycle safety training. She has ridden a motorcycle since she was 12-years-old.
The purpose behind the designation of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is to ultimately prevent as many accidents as possible and minimize the injuries that occur when motorcycle accidents do occur. Officials in the state of Michigan are hoping to achieve this is through the promotion of training.
In addition to reminding riders that they need to be endorsed to legally ride in the state, Johnson also indicated that it is important that riders are dressed appropriately for the vehicle.
Though individuals over the age of 21 no longer have to wear a helmet while riding their cycle, Johnson said she feels more comfortable riding with one on.
In addition to those reminders, the state will offer two one-day motorcycle safety courses to riders in the state. The first is considered to be an advanced training course and the other a refresher course for “returning riders.”
These classes are coming none too soon since the number of riders in the state who have obtained the motorcycle endorsement necessary to legally ride in Michigan has grown by around 56,000 since 2006. The number of endorsed riders currently stands at 556,000. According to the director of the Michigan State Police Office of Highway Safety Planning, 10 percent of the fatal motor vehicle accidents that occur annually, involve someone on a motorcycle.
Hopefully the steps being taken by individuals with the state will make a positive impact, reducing the number of serious motorcycle accidents that occur in the state.