Great Outdoors Expo | Seafood. SEE Motorcycles.

Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 4.02.43 PMJoin us July 22 through 24 as the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s motorcycle safety team travels to Beaumont, Texas, for the Great Outdoors Expo. We’ll be promoting public awareness of motorcycles, and rider safety and awareness.  We’ll also be giving away freebies! Stop by the exhibit booth, introduce yourself, and pick up your free items!

This year’s expo covers 50,000 square feet with hunting, fishing and outdoor sports attractions and exhibits. Admission is $7 for adults and free for kids under 12. Visit the Great Outdoor Expo website for more information.

August 8 | Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting, August 8, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held in College Station, Texas, at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in the Gibb Gilchrist Building, room 103. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting. 

Please RSVP to attend by emailing Christie no later than noon on Thursday, August 4 and indicate if you will drive a State Vehicle, Personal Vehicle or Motorcycle so that we can have an accurate headcount and correct types of parking permits.  This is very important because the permits have to ordered/picked up from TAMU Parking.

The TMSC serves as a public forum for addressing strategies to improve motorcycle safety; discusses effective programs, regulations, and other opportunities to improve motorcycle safety; reviews, proposes, and makes recommendations concerning motorcycle-related legislation; and serves to promote rider safety and inform the public about being aware of motorcycles and sharing the road safely. Sign up to get involved with the coalition. For more information about the coalition or to see past meeting minutes, go to the TMSC page.

Motorcycle Safety Forum Video Series | Senator Kirk Watson

Motorcycle safety advocates gathered on May 20 in Austin, for the 11th annual Motorcycle Safety Forum.

We were fortunate to have a full day of knowledgeable speakers, including our keynote speaker Senator Kirk Watson. Kirk Watson is the Texas State Senator for District 14 and is an avid motorcycle rider.

The agenda also featured presentations from:

  • Michael Manser, Human Factors Program, Center for Transportation Safety, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • DJ Jeffries, Traffic Safety Section, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Chris Beireis, Chair, Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition
  • Eva Shipp, Crash Analysis Program, Center for Transportation Safety, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Bill Schneider, University of Akron
  • Chiara Silvestri-Dobrovolny, Roadside Safety, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • John Young, Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Paige Ericson-Graber, Center for Alcohol and Drug Education Studies, Center for Transportation Safety, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

View photos from this year’s Forum.

Guess That Bike

Guess-That-Bike-Texas-Sign-EditionRecently we received a request asking about the make and model of the motorcycle on the “Share the Road” signs, like the one above. The short answer is that it’s vector art modeled after a motorcycle, but we’re not sure exactly what make and model. So we need your help – can you guess what type of bike this is? Leave us a comment below.

 

Drive and Ride Safe this Fourth of July

PrintWhile you’re out celebrating our country’s freedom, you could lose your own if you choose to drink and ride. Not only would you be risking your life and the lives of others—you could face a DUI arrest. The average DUI costs $10,000, making it difficult to recover financially.

And the cost doesn’t end there. Arrested drunk drivers face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other hefty expenses, from car towing and repairs to attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, and more. 

Avoid Drunk Driving and Riding Altogether—Use Safe Alternatives to Get Home

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
  • Designate a sober driver or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app at nhtsa.gov/link/saferride/.
  • Use your community’s sober ride program.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agencies.

This Fourth of July, remember to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride after drinking, be strong—take the keys and make arrangements to help them get safely to their destination.

Remember, with all of today’s alternatives to getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel or on your bike after drinking alcohol. Driving or riding impaired is never worth the risk, not to yourself or anyone else. If law enforcement pulls you over for drunk driving this Fourth of July, you can count on being arrested.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.