Pennsylvania recorded a total of 4,000 motorcycle crashes, resulting in 210 fatalities in 2012.
This prompted the local public safety officials and motorcycle enthusiasts to form the Greater Pittsburgh Motorcycle Safety Council. They promoted motorcycle safety awareness event outside PNC Park to highlight the problem. The event was a success with more than two dozen Harley-Davidson cycles lined Federal Street outside of the baseball stadium. Cyclists and safety experts manned booths providing statistics and safety tips to passers-by.
PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said the event was especially relevant for Allegheny County since it has the highest number of registered motorcycles.
The director of the Pittsburgh Harley Owners Group,Vince Capane said that his group preaches safety to both motorcyclists and motorists. Both Mr. Capane and Mr. Cowan reminded motorcyclists to get a motorcycle drivers license in order to drive their motorcycle and have it registered with the state.
They also encouraged motorcyclists to take the free safety courses that are offered by the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. Information on the programs can be found at www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com.
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