Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Promotes Motorcycle Safety in an Effort to Save Lives
Date of News Release: 06/21/2011
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- KSP Hosted over 100 motorcyclists and enthusiasts from across the Commonwealth today as they hosted the Fourth Annual 'Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day' event. A full day of activities included motorcycle safety exhibits, vendor displays, a free safety seminar, press conference and the 'Cruise for Safety Awareness' ride through scenic Woodford County.
KSP Spokesman Capt. David Jude organized the event in an effort to bring awareness to both motorists and riders about the importance of sharing the road.
"It is all about safety and changing driving behavior to reduce the number of motorcycle deaths in Kentucky," said Jude.
Jude is reaching out to riders, the motoring public and the motorcycle industry in an effort to bring all parties to the venue.
"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."
KSP offered a free three-hour motorcycle safety seminar provided 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."
In 2010, Kentucky had 1,881 crashes involving motorcycles with 80 of those crashes resulted in death. To date, there have been 18 fatal motorcycle crashes on Kentucky roadways and 11 of those victims were not wearing helmets.
For more information about motorcycle safety please contact the Kentucky State Police at (502) 782-1781 or www.kentuckystatepolice.org.