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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month-Drive Safe Ala.

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The Alabama Department of Transportation along with state agencies, motorcycle clubs, businesses, safety groups and state and local law enforcement are reminding drivers and riders that motorcycle safety is a shared responsibility.

To heighten awareness about the importance of "sharing the road" with motorcycles during National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May, ALDOT is encouraging all motorists to drive with caution to make Alabama's highways safer.                                                                                                                                                        
Transportation Director John Cooper stresses motorcycle riders and motorists must share the road to remain safe. "As a matter of safety, it is necessary for motorcycle riders and drivers of other types of vehicles to use safe driving habits," Cooper said. "To prevent injuries and deaths on Alabama's roadways, motorcyclists and motorists must be vigilant in their efforts to share the road and ensure everyone's safety."

The leading causes of motorcycle crashes include speeding, misjudging stopping distance, following too closely and failure to yield right-of-way by all drivers. In 2012, preliminary data show there were 81 fatalities and 1,428 injuries from 1,830 crashes involving motorcycles in Alabama.  

Motorcycle riders and motorists share many common safety rules such as paying special attention at intersections, staying out of blind spots, obeying all traffic laws, avoiding distractions and riding unimpaired. Motorists are also encouraged to follow at a safe distance and watch for motorcycles.

Through an advertising campaign promoting motorcycle safety on television, radio, billboards, movie screens, and printed material, ALDOT is focusing on what drivers and riders can do to develop appropriate driving habits so lives can be saved. Additionally, a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Alabama was signed by Gov. Robert Bentley.

To further promote public awareness, ALDOT is inviting the public to a Motorcycle Safety Rally, Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Harley Davidson Motorcycle dealership in Montgomery.

ALDOT's mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally and economically sound transportation network across Alabama. For additional information, visit www.dot.state.al.us

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