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.
Join 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 by City:
- Houston – 26 fatalities
- Dallas – 19 fatalities
- San Antonio – 19 fatalities
- Fort Worth – 15 fatalities
- Austin – 13 fatalities
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Former Super Bike world champion and MotoGP racer Ben Spies reminds us to Look Twice for motorcycles and Share the Road in a new 30 second PSA from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Come out for the fourth annual Look Twice for Motorcycles / Share the Road event, May 3rd from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., in San Antonio. The motorcycle safety and awareness event is free and open to all riders. The ride will depart from Bodacious Bikes at the Motorcycle School – 4918 Fredericksburg Road.
Admission is free. The event will also a chili cookoff, games, helmet toss, raffle and door prizes.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s motorcycle safety team is headed to Fort Worth, Texas, April 30 thought May 3 for Mayfest. Mayfest is a four day family festival held at Trinity Park. We’ll be targeting motorists with the Look Twice for Motorcycles and Share the Road campaigns.
The motorcycle safety team will be handing out free patches, reflective helmet stickers, bumper stickers, kickstand coasters and sticky pads at the booth.
Interested in volunteering at our booth?
If you’d like to volunteer to work the booth at Mayfest, sign up by filling out our event form.