May is “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” in New Mexico

May 2, 2011—SANTA FE New Mexico Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez announced today that the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is joining with other transportation safety and law enforcement organizations in proclaiming May 2011 as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.” All motorists are reminded to safely “Share the Road” with motorcycles and to be extra alert when driving to help keep motorcyclists safe.
“With warmer weather here, more motorcycles are back on the roads,” Secretary Dominguez said. “Motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. It’s crucial that motorists always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.”
In 2008, motorcyclist fatalities increased nationwide for the 11th straight year. During that year, 5,290 motorcyclists lost their lives in fatal highway crashes, a 2 percent increase from the previous year.
In the last five years motorcycle fatalities in New Mexico have decreased between 2006 and 2010, but the frequency of crashes continues to rise. In addition, the number of crashes involving motorcyclists without helmets has heavily outweighed those reporting helmet use. Out of 1,402 crashes involving motorcyclists in 2010, 1,376 of those were not using helmets, and 42 of those crashes resulted in a fatality.
Secretary Dominguez added that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than passenger vehicle drivers in the event of a crash, noting that research shows that approximately 80 percent of motorcycle crashes injure or kill a motorcycle rider, while only 20 percent of passenger car crashes injure or kill a driver or passenger in their vehicle according to National Highway

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