Warmer weather prompts motorcycle safety reminder

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-117933373132053.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of www.buyausedmotorcycle.com‘, ‘The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 3,661 motorcyclists died in 2003, a 12 percent increase from 2002 and a 74 percent increase from 1997. An additional 67,000 were injured, 4 percent more than those injured in 2002.‘);

Jackson Heights, N.Y.––As the days get longer and warmer, the United Spinal Association urges motorcycle enthusiasts to review some simple safety tips before taking to the nation’s highways. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a motorcyclist is 16 times more likely to die in an accident than a motor vehicle occupant. Motorcyclists are also three times more likely to be injured than people in cars.

As part of its nationwide Motorsafe campaign to promote safe motoring and raise awareness about spinal cord injury, United Spinal reminds the public that according to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,661 motorcyclists died in 2003, a 12 percent increase from 2002 and a 74 percent increase from 1997. An additional 67,000 were injured, 4 percent more than those injured in 2002.

United Spinal’s Motorsafe program stresses the following precautions:

Never ride without a certified motorcycle helmet and eye protection.

Read your owner’s manual thoroughly.

Attend motorcycle rider educational classes.

Wear the proper shoes, gloves, and clothing.

Purchase a bike you can handle safely.

Consider the primary use of your bike—don’t buy a “trail” bike for highway use. Similarly, don’t buy a “highway” bike if most of your riding will be off road.

Follow the rules of the road and drive defensively.

Ride sober and awake.

United Spinal Association’s Motorsafe program is a nationwide public awareness campaign promoting safe motoring. The program targets all people who operate automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, motorboats, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles. United Spinal’s goal is to share information and knowledge of specific hazards involved in operating these types of equipment and to highlight good practices that will prevent serious injury or even death. For more information, or to download a free Motorsafe brochure and safety tips card, visit www.unitedspinal.org and click, Motorsafe.

United Spinal Association is a national membership organization committed to enhancing the lives of people with spinal cord injuries or disorders. Approximately 700,000 Americans have disabilities of the spinal cord as a result of traumatic injury, or multiple sclerosis, spina bifida and other disorders. Membership in United Spinal is free and open to any individual with these disabilities, regardless of age. For more information about United Spinal Association, call 800-404-2898 or visit www.unitedspinal.org.

from the May 16-22, 2007, issue

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