Police to rev up enforcement of motorcycle safety
The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program has designated the Month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
To promote safety, the Thomasville Police Department will take extra steps to observe motorcyclists for helmet and roadway law compliance and proper equipment.
According to a press release from the Thomasville Police Department, this also applies to mopeds.
“In the last 30 days, four crashes have been recorded locally in Thomasville in which motorcyclists were involved and injured,” said Sgt. John Elgin. “Two of four crashes were a result of the motorist failing to see the motorcyclist.”
Motorists are reminded to safely share the road with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists and wear a helmet that complies with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Motorists can be held liable of two particular laws in North Carolina by depriving motorcyclists of full use of lanes and safe movement violations causing motorcyclists to crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 4,612 motorcyclists were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. This is a two percent increase from 4,518 motorcyclists that were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes in 2010.
The Thomasville Police Traffic Safety Unit will hold a free class of Bike Safe NC on Friday, May 17, and Friday, June 7.
Register on the website at www.bikesafenc.com or can call Officer James Shores at 475-5528.