Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Asking Motorists And Bikers To 'Share The Road'
Date of News Release: 05/02/2011
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- May is national 'Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month' and law enforcement is asking motorists to be aware of increased motorcycle traffic on the roadways. KSP is hitting the airwaves to get the message out to both drivers and riders - the importance of 'Sharing the Road.' The agency also announced plans for their Fourth Annual Motorcycle Safety Day Event that will be held June 21, 2011 at KSP Headquarters in Frankfort.
A full day of activities is scheduled that include motorcycle safety exhibits, vendor displays, a free safety seminar, news conference and motorcycle ride.
KSP Spokesperson, Capt. David Jude says with warmer weather and increasing fuel prices, motorcycles will be on the roads more than usual.
"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," says Jude. "Because of their smaller size, motorcycles are often hidden in a vehicle's blind spot."
Motorcyclists have responsibilities, too," says Jude. "They should follow the rules of the road, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted, and always wear a helmet and protective gear."
"Unfortunately, already this year, we have experienced 252 motorcycle crashes resulting in 8 deaths."
In 2010, Kentucky had 1,881 crashes involving motorcycles with 80 of those crashes resulting in death. Of those, 46 of the victims were not wearing helmets.
Jude is reaching out to riders, the motoring public and the motorcycle industry in an effort to bring all parties to the safety event in June.
"Our principle concern is to increase driver recognition of motorcyclists in traffic, while at the same time encouraging cyclists to engage in the overall safe operation of their bikes."
"We already have representatives from the cycle industry onboard for this event and many of these vendors will feature the latest safety apparel and equipment available to riders," adds Jude.
In keeping with tradition, KSP will escort a contingent of bikers on the 'Cruise for Safety Awareness' ride, traveling from Frankfort through scenic Woodford County.
Jude said the event will close with a free motorcycle safety seminar taught by a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach.
"There's often an obstacle facing new riders," says Jude. "They'd like to buy their first bike or maybe upgrade to a newer, more powerful one, but worry about their ability to handle it safely. Rider education programs are the answer for both beginning and seasoned riders. We advocate attending refresher courses that help riders keep their edge by sharpening their skills."
Jude advised that space is limited for the free seminar to the first 100 participants who register. Information about the seminar and other scheduled events for 'Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day' can be found on the KSP webpage at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/hsp/pdf/2011_mc_invite.pdf or by contacting the office at 502-782-1781.
All event activities are open to the public and free of charge. They will take place at KSP Headquarters located at 919 Versailles Road in Frankfort and begin at 11:00 a.m.
To hear KSP Public Service Announcement about Motorcycle Safety please click on the following link http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/media/ksp_psa.htm