Santa Fe, New Mexico - May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As the weather warms up, more riders are getting on their motorcycles and hitting the roads to enjoy the beauty of New Mexico. Representative Stefani Lord, District 22 in the East Mountains, a motorcycle rider herself, encourages all motorists to "be alert for riders on two wheels and look twice for motorcyclists."
"This is the time of year when riders who have been cooped up over winter finally get out and start riding more," said Representative Stefani Lord. "It's also when people will be coming from out of state and traveling to New Mexico, and often they are unfamiliar with the area, so give them space."
Motorcyclists face additional risks, and even a minor accident can lead to severe injuries. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), in 2019, more than 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in accidents. Of those motorcycle deaths, 42 occurred in New Mexico. New Mexico is frequently listed as one of the more dangerous states for automobile accidents; motorcycle accidents are no exception.
Both motorcyclists and motorists should be aware of their surroundings at all times. Check blind spots and use signals when changing lanes and passing. Distractions while driving, like texting, could mean you may not see a motorcyclist or bicyclist. Never follow a motorcycle too closely and always keep a safe distance. When at an intersection, look twice and allow enough space before turning.
"If you are driving while distracted, even for a moment, the results can be catastrophic," said the President of the Rio Grande Chapter of Guardians of the Children, Moose. "We ride to advocate for children that are physically and sexually abused. One distracted driver that injures or kills a rider means there is one less person to help an abused child."
Riders need to take precautions as well. Ensure you check your bike before riding and consider taking a defensive riding or refresher course to get yourself back into riding mode. Brushing up on your riding skills is a great way to stay safe. "Riders are never too experienced to learn something new or find ways to improve your technique," said Dan Orchowski, motorcycle training program manager. "New Mexico Motorcycle Safety invites you to check out their various training courses from beginner to advanced."
Most importantly, enjoy your ride and come home safe!
New Mexico Motorcycle Safety offers the Basic RiderCourse for beginning motorcyclists and Advanced RiderCourses for riders who are interested in improving their skills. https://nm-msp.org
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