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;MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH
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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative designed to encourage drivers of all other kinds of vehicles and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other.
 
  
 
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;ITD, law enforcement partners rally against 100 Deadliest Days
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Now that warmer weather has is right around the corner, motorcyclists will soon be out in force.  Drivers of cars, trucks and buses are reminded to look out for and share the road with motorcycle riders, and motorcycle riders are reminded to obey traffic laws, wear DOT-compliant helmets and other protective gear, and make themselves visible by wearing bright colors and using reflective tape.
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Last year, 40 percent of Idaho's fatal motor-vehicle crashes occurred during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to ITD statistics.
  
Increasing safe riding and cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.
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The time period between the two holidays, referred to as the "100 Deadliest Days," is when road conditions are at their best, but more lives are lost on Idaho roads than other times of the year due to vehicle crashes.
  
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That's why ITD's Office of Highway Safety (OHS), the Idaho State Police and local law enforcement agencies are working together to reverse this trend by increasing awareness of these "100 Deadliest Days" through education efforts and enforcement of driving laws, such as inattentive driving, impaired driving, speeding and use of safety restraints on Idaho's roads this summer.
  
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"Idaho's law enforcement asks drivers to slow down, pay attention, never drive impaired and to make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled-up at all times," said Idaho State Police Captain Sheldon Kelley. "The vast majority of crashes are preventable, if we all drive responsibly. Our goal is to get to zero deaths and to not have to tell another family that they have lost a loved one."
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Motorcycles are among the smallest and most vulnerable vehicles on the road and riders are at greater risk of death and serious injury than other vehicle operators if they are involved in a crash.  In fact, according to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per vehicle mile, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and 5 times more likely to be injured. 
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The enforcement efforts will be accompanied by a three-month, statewide public-information campaign funded by OHS to remind Idahoans that summer does not have to be the deadliest time for driving.
 
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NHTSA’s latest statistics bear out this unfortunate fact.  In 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists died on America’s roads, accounting for 14 percent of total highway deaths despite motorcycle registrations representing only about 3 percent of all vehicles in the country. 
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Despite historical declines in automobile fatalities, motorcycle deaths have increased every year for 13 of the past 14 years, except 2009 which saw a decline.  
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;Share the Road
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Motorists and motorcyclists have a common responsibility to share the road together in a safe, courteous and conscientious manner.  Drivers need to be on the lookout for motorcyclists at all times, signal all lane changes and turns,  and constantly be checking mirrors and blind spots before proceeding. Drivers must be fully focused and alert to the road, and in control of their vehicles at all times by never driving impaired by alcohol, drugs or distraction.
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There are four main factors that lead to serious injury and fatal crashes, explained Josephine Middleton, with ITD.
  
Riders should obey all traffic laws, be properly licensed, use reflective tape and stickers to increase their conspicuous, and always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet and other proper protective equipment. Like their motorist counterparts, motorcyclists should never ride while impaired or distracted.
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"The majority of our crashes happen when people choose to drive distracted, impaired or use excessive speed," said Middleton. "When we combine any of these behaviors with not buckling-up, we are at an even greater risk of fatal and serious injury when we crash."
  
Together, motorists and motorcyclists can work together to keep each other and our roads safe for everyone, not only in May, but all year long. Additional information about safe motorcycle riding can be found at [http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles the NHTSA web site].
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Kelley added that the public may report distracted or impaired drivers to ISP from their mobile phones by dialing *ISP (*477). He also reminded drivers to be safe and let a passenger make that call.
  
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In the past five years (2010-2014), 328 people were killed on Idaho roads during the "100 Deadliest Days" time period.

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ITD, law enforcement partners rally against 100 Deadliest Days

Last year, 40 percent of Idaho's fatal motor-vehicle crashes occurred during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to ITD statistics.

The time period between the two holidays, referred to as the "100 Deadliest Days," is when road conditions are at their best, but more lives are lost on Idaho roads than other times of the year due to vehicle crashes.

That's why ITD's Office of Highway Safety (OHS), the Idaho State Police and local law enforcement agencies are working together to reverse this trend by increasing awareness of these "100 Deadliest Days" through education efforts and enforcement of driving laws, such as inattentive driving, impaired driving, speeding and use of safety restraints on Idaho's roads this summer.

"Idaho's law enforcement asks drivers to slow down, pay attention, never drive impaired and to make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled-up at all times," said Idaho State Police Captain Sheldon Kelley. "The vast majority of crashes are preventable, if we all drive responsibly. Our goal is to get to zero deaths and to not have to tell another family that they have lost a loved one."

The enforcement efforts will be accompanied by a three-month, statewide public-information campaign funded by OHS to remind Idahoans that summer does not have to be the deadliest time for driving.

There are four main factors that lead to serious injury and fatal crashes, explained Josephine Middleton, with ITD.

"The majority of our crashes happen when people choose to drive distracted, impaired or use excessive speed," said Middleton. "When we combine any of these behaviors with not buckling-up, we are at an even greater risk of fatal and serious injury when we crash."

Kelley added that the public may report distracted or impaired drivers to ISP from their mobile phones by dialing *ISP (*477). He also reminded drivers to be safe and let a passenger make that call.

In the past five years (2010-2014), 328 people were killed on Idaho roads during the "100 Deadliest Days" time period.