Guest Column: May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Spring is in the air, and that can only mean one thing to motorcyclists. It is time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the freedom of the road. Kishwaukee Valley Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Inc. (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) would like to remind all motorists that May has been proclaimed Motorcycle Awareness Month throughout Illinois by community leaders.

The goal of A.B.A.T.E. and this proclamation is to create awareness through education in sharing the roadways safely not only during the month of May, but throughout the riding season. More and more people are turning to alternate modes of transportation because of the high cost of fuel. Therefore, safely sharing the roadway has become even more consequential. When was the last time you saw someone on a motorcycle riding down the road? Did it startle you a bit when you noticed him or her? Statistics show that more than half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a car or truck driver who said that they just didn’t see the motorcycle until it was too late.

A.B.A.T.E. urges everyone to look twice before changing lanes or turning across other lanes of traffic. Above all, please be aware that motorcycles are everywhere!

On behalf of the 558,000 registered motorcyclists statewide, A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Inc., will continue to strive in making Illinois a leader in motorcycle safety, education and awareness. Remember, look twice, save a life.

For more information, please contact A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Inc., at 1-800-ABATE, or locally, please call Pat Thomas at (815) 315-4989.

Tara Heffelfinger is media coordinator of the Kishwaukee Valley Chapter of A.B.A.T.E.

From the May 24-30, 2006, issue

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