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;MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH
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'''Chief’s Message June 1, 2013'''
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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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;Overview
 
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'''Summer Safety Tips''' ''PDF File''
 
  
:Nearly 70 percent of Americans, according to the American Red Cross, have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites to heat stroke and other life-threatening situations. Here is a file with some tips on how to keep you and your kids safe this summer.  
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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.
  
[http://montpelierpd.com/MPDWiki/images/d/d3/Press_Release_Summer_Safety_Tips.pdf Summer Safety Tips PDF File]
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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.
  
  
;Summer is the peak season for lightning-related deaths and injuries, though people are struck by lightning year-round.
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;The Facts
 
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:The National Weather Service provides a wide range of information about lightning, [http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ including these facts and tips:]
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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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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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;General Tips
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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.
*No outdoor area is safe when you hear thunder.
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*If you hear thunder, find a safe indoor shelter (a substantial building or enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with the windows up).
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;Indoor Safety Tips
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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.
*Stay off corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment.
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*Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
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*Stay away from porches, windows, and doors.
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*Never lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
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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].
:No outdoor area is safe during a thunderstorm, but if you're caught outside with no safe shelter options,
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:take these steps to reduce your risk of being struck by lightning:
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*Come down from elevated areas.
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*Never lie flat on the ground.
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*Never shelter under an isolated tree.
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*Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
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*Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
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*Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as wire fences.
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;Read some interesting myths and [http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/facts_truth.htm facts about lightning.]
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Latest revision as of 13:40, 11 May 2015

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MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH

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.


Overview

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.

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.


The Facts

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.

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.

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.


Share the Road

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.

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.

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 the NHTSA web site.

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