MANDATORY MOTORCYCLE SAFETY/AWARENESS ON DRIVING TESTS & LICENSE RENEWALS FOR ALL DRIVERS
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According to the National Safety Council, "Of all registered vehicles in the U.S. in 2012, 3% were motorcycles, according to Injury Facts, a statistical report on unintentional injuries and deaths published by NSC. Of all the vehicle miles traveled, .7% percent were logged by motorcyclists. Yet, motorcyclists accounted for 15% of all traffic fatalities, 18% of all occupant fatalities and 4% of all occupant injuries".
I am a Navy Veteran and for 20 years motorcycle awareness was presented in May as May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Motorcycle awareness should be every month as a lot of motorcycle riders drive all year long with weather permitting. On July 22, 2016, I was hit by a car that drove into my lane trying to look around another car to pass illegally down a one-way turning lane in the median while riding my motorcycle. The car hit me on the left side, I was knocked unconscious, my left foot was dragged for 51 feet, and had to be amputated on August 5, 2016. I am still in a wheel chair as I had several infections and another surgery. I am lucky to be alive.
A lot of motorcycles are not so lucky to make it out of a motorcycle accident alive. The National Safety Council states "In 2013, 4,668 motorcycle riders and passengers died in crashes, and nonfatal injuries that year totaled 88,000, according to Injury Facts 2015, the statistical compendium on unintentional deaths and injuries".
The National Safety Council also states, "More than one-quarter of riders who died in a motorcycle crash in 2013...22% for fatal passenger car crashes".
The National Safety Council suggests pretty much May as Motorcycle Awareness Month which is a way to educate non-motorcycle riders but as statistics show education alone does not help, so I suggest:
MAKE IT MANDATORY TO INCLUDE MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AND AWARENESS ON DRIVING TESTS AND DRIVER'S LICENSE RENEWALS FOR ALL DRIVERS.
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