May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in North Carolina

According to DVIDS, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. More than 700 motorcycle enthusiasts took part in the Hero’s Ride for motorcycle safety as part of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

Motorcycle Safety Month originated in England in 2003. After the first year, more than a 40 percent decrease in fatality rate. North Carolina was the first state to adopt it soon after.

To keep the roads aboard base safe and to keep Marines, sailors and civilians alive the safety administration provided tips to keep motorcyclists safe. Service members of all ranks attended the event to show support for motorcycle safety and even learn a few new tips to keep safe.

Since motorcycles are small and difficult to see, road users should be aware and should not underestimate their their speed. The administration emphasizes motorcycles needs a full lane width while traveling on the road.  Other drivers should not to drive next to a motorcycle in the same lane.

Helmets are one of the most important key factors for motorcycle safety. The North Carolina has a law for all motorcyclists  to wear Department of Transportation compliant helmets.

Service members young and old from across eastern N.C. area rode their motorcycles to show support for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month where some taught newbies how to ride a motorcycle and others learned new riding tips.

 

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