ODPS KICKS OFF RIDE SMART CAMPAIGN
COLUMBUS — Together with state leaders, traffic safety partners, law enforcement, motorcycle advocates and enthusiasts, the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) kicked off its Ride SMART motorcycle safety campaign late last week, which is aimed at reducing motorcycle deaths and injuries.
Motorcycle Ohio (MO), part of ODPS’ Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), led the Ride SMART campaign in 2009 to raise awareness for motorcycle safety. The Ride SMART motorcycle safety campaign will work to address all aspects of motorcycle safety, including: Ride Sober. Ride Motorcycle Endorsed. Ride Alert. Use the Right Gear. Ride Trained. Ride SMART.
Components of the campaign include: distributing materials with safety messages at bars and establishments that host “Bike Nights;” working with local law enforcement, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Safe Communities; offering various training classes; airing public service announcements with safety messages directed toward motorists and motorcyclists; funding high-visibility enforcement to discourage high-risk behaviors like drinking and riding; and working with as many partners as possible to get the word out to share the road, watch for motorists and Ride SMART.
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