Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation say increased awareness and caution from Lone Star motorists has contributed to a decline in motorcycle-related traffic fatalities.
According to TxDOT statistics released this month — which is recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month — 460 people died on Texas roadways while riding motorcycles and scooters in 2012, down considerably from the 2011 total.
“In 2011, that number was 488,” Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director, said. “The 6.1 percent decrease may be attributed to an increase in helmet use and heightened awareness by other motorists through TxDOT lead-campaigns, such as Share the Road. The numbers are trending in the right direction, yet we still have more work to do to save more lives in 2013.”
As Texas roadways become increasingly crowded, TxDOT is asking drivers to “Share the Road” and “Look Twice” during National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The campaign is aimed at car and truck drivers who often report a lack of visibility as the reason for crashes and near-misses involving cyclists..
“Safety should be everyone’s primary concern when sharing the road with other drivers,” Wilson said. “Motorcyclists are not only some of our most vulnerable drivers, but they often can be more difficult to see than other vehicles. We ask that car and truck drivers always pay extra attention to their mirrors and blind spots, use signals when changing lanes and give plenty of space to motorcyclists.”