Motorcycle Safety Forum Video Series | A Survey of Texas Motorcyclists’ Gear Use

Motorcycle safety advocates gathered on March 24, for the tenth annual Motorcycle Safety Forum.

Check out Mike Manser’s presentation from the 2015 forum. Mike is the Human Factors program manager at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Center for Transportation Safety. For over 20 years, has been conducting human factors research within transportation and developing safety countermeasures.

The agenda also featured presentations from:

  • Kenneth Copeland, Regional Program Manager, Region VI, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Jason Hill, City of Austin
  • Jude Schexnyder, Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition
  • SSG William Pendleton, 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
  • Curt Liles, Motorcycle Instructor’s Association of Texas

View summaries, agendas and photos from previous Forums.

Motorcycle Safety Forum Video Series | Texas Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle safety advocates gathered on March 24, for the tenth annual Motorcycle Safety Forum.

Check out Kenneth Copeland’s presentation from the 2015 forum. Kenneth is a regional program manager at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fort Worth office. He is responsible for coordinating the region’s youth, motorcycles and commercial vehicle safety programs.

The agenda also featured presentations from:

  • Michael Manser, Program Manager, Human Factors Program, CTS, TTI
  • Jason Hill, City of Austin
  • Jude Schexnyder, Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition
  • SSG William Pendleton, 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
  • Curt Liles, Motorcycle Instructor’s Association of Texas

View summaries, agendas and photos from previous Forums.

Motorcycle Safety Forum Video Series | Opening Remarks

Motorcycle safety advocates gathered on March 24, for the tenth annual Motorcycle Safety Forum.

Check out Melissa Walden’s opening remarks from the 2015 forum. Melissa is the Planning and Evaluation program manager at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Center for Transportation Safety. She manages the Center’s motorcycle safety program and works closely with the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition, and Texas Department of Transportation to address traffic safety issues specific to these vulnerable road users.

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The agenda also featured presentations from:

  • Kenneth Copeland, Regional Program Manager, Region VI, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Michael Manser, Program Manager, Human Factors Program, CTS, TTI
  • Jason Hill, City of Austin
  • Jude Schexnyder, Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition
  • SSG William Pendleton, 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
  • Curt Liles, Motorcycle Instructor’s Association of Texas

View summaries, agendas and photos from previous Forums.

 

Seeing them is saving them

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Most motorcycle-vehicle crashes happen when a driver turns left in front of the rider. Drivers often don’t see the rider, or if they do, they misjudge the rider’s speed or distance. Motorcycles can move fast and are often hard to spot. When turning left, especially at intersections, always double-check the cross traffic.

Taking motorcycle safety to the great outdoors

expologo2015-01-01Join us July 24 through 26 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! Free items including bumper stickers, tip cards, and koozies will be available. 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.

 

2014 motorcycle fatalities – top 5 Texas cities

Motorcycle-Fatalities-in-TexasIn Texas, most motorcycle crashes happen in urban settings. Do you know which Texas cities have the most motorcycle fatalities?

2014 Motorcycle Fatalities by City:

  1. Houston – 26 fatalities
  2. Dallas – 19 fatalities
  3. San Antonio – 19 fatalities
  4. Fort Worth – 15 fatalities
  5. Austin – 13 fatalities

Download the Infographic:

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“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”: Texas DPS Is Cracking Down on Drunk Driving This July Fourth

199 people died on the July 4th in 2013 weekend as a result of drunk driving..The Fourth of July holiday is a favorite time of year for many Americans. Backyard parties, good food, and fireworks. But the celebrating unfortunately turns deadly when people drive after drinking alcohol. Drunk driving is a preventable problem on Independence Day each year in the United States.

In 2013, Forbes magazine named the Independence Day holiday “the most dangerous holiday of the year.” In 2013, there were 512 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes over the Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 3rd through 5:59 a.m. July 8th). Of those fatalities, 199 (39 percent) occurred in crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.

Whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s never worth the risk to drive impaired. There’s always another way home. This Fourth of July, if law enforcement pulls you over for drunk driving, you will be arrested.

Tips to Avoid Drunk Driving Altogether

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement.
  • Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to safely get to where they are going.

Did you know: intersection edition

CH_lE5cVEAAHO8f Did you know that 33 percent of motorcycle fatalities involve intersections?

If you’re a motorist

Remember that motorcycles present a narrow profile, and they can wind up in your blind spot in a hurry. Being aware of your surroundings — and all the vehicles around you — will improve safety for everyone on the road.

If you’re a rider

  • Be seen – wear bright-colored clothing, have your headlights on during the daytime, and signal your intentions.
  • Actively scan.
  • Take The Course and practice and apply what you learn.
  • Practice panic breaking.

June 17 TMSC Meeting Cancelled

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The June 17th TMSC meeting has been canceled. Based on discussion with DJ at TxDOT, we have decided to postpone the meeting because there are some potential changes in funding at the state-level that need to be flushed out and when that happens we will want to assemble a group from the coalition to discuss needs and outreach/educational opportunities. Since we will not have the finalized information in time for the meeting it has been decided to cancel the meeting. We will let you know as soon as a new meeting date has been scheduled.

As always thank you again for your contributions and dedication to keeping the roadways safe for motorcyclists.

2015 Traffic Safety Conference

tsafety2015-logo (1)The 2015 Traffic Safety Conference kicks off Monday, June 8, and we’ll be there to spread the word about motorcycle safety.

The motorcycle safety team will be handing out free patches, reflective helmet stickers, bumper stickers and sticky pads at the booth.

Interested in volunteering at our booth?

If you’d like to volunteer to work the booth at the Traffic Safety Conference, sign up by filling out our event form.

Want to attend?

Online registrations have closed, but walk-up registrations will still be accepted at the conference. Visit the conference website for more details and to find the conference program.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about effective strategies during the breakout sessions, visit with up and coming stars in transportation research during the student poster sessions, or engage in networking opportunities that help inform, inspire and keep us up-to-date on the important issues in traffic safety today and in the future.