By Allan Woods
Installation Motorcycle Safety Officer
Share the road safely with all
Utah experienced 28 motorcycle rider fatalities during 2011, which is up from 21 in 2010. In Utah, there have been four riders killed during 2012, and the Air Force has already lost five riders this year. This is unacceptable! We all need to work together to make changes to help avoid the unnecessary accidents happening on our roadways that are taking lives.
The "See Me Save Me Campaign" kicks off with a ride on June 13 and is designed to show vehicle operators there are many motorcycles using the road with them. This campaign is a motivational tool to help vehicle operators realize we are sharing the road in large numbers and they all need to look specifically for us before pulling out of the driveway, changing lanes or turning a corner.
I challenge each base rider to join us for the See Me Save Me Campaign ride.
The route will include Roy, Ogden, South Ogden, Layton, Clearfield and Sunset. There will be a motor police, and local police support.
Summer is here and we are seeing more and more motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians during our daily travel. We need to be aware they are out there and make the extra effort to look, look and look again. Sometimes it is all too easy to overlook the smaller traffic because of the size difference. Slow down and pay attention -- besides saving gas, you may save a life by slowing down and enjoying the ride; and you'll reach your destination in a much more relaxed state of mind.
It doesn't matter what type of vehicle we drive or ride, we all need to pay closer attention to those who are sharing the road with us. This advice is for riders, too. We all need to respect those who are sharing the road and not become part of the problem.
Generally when a vehicle versus motorcycle accident happens; the driver of the vehicle will say, "I didn't see him or her." This is not an acceptable response under any condition. There is no excuse for not seeing every vehicle around us while we are driving, no matter what size it may be. It is simple, either you are paying attention or you are not. If not, secure a ride with a responsible driver and save a life.
The most common accident motorcyclist's encounter is when a vehicle makes a left hand turn in front of them. This generally doesn't turn out well for the motorcyclist.
Driving requires a lot of concentration and when we attempt to do anything that may cause a distraction while driving, we are no longer being a responsible driver.
Please put the cell phones away and drive. The phone message and the text message will be there when you reach your destination. Texting while driving is against the law for a good reason -- it helps to save lives.
The See Me Save Me Campaign is your opportunity to help make a difference. Let's all ride together and show our support for this important ride for life.