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Agen­cies pro­mote mo­tor­cy­cle safety

- By Emily Miller Staff writer

It would take about eight stan­dard school buses to hold the num­ber of mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers killed in traf­fic crashes in Florida in 2013.

A lit­tle more than 460 mo­tor­cy­clists, in­clud­ing pas­sen­gers, died that year, a slight in­crease from the 457 killed in 2012, said Sgt. Mark Wysocky, spokesman for the Florida High­way Pa­trol.

Those deaths ac­count for more than 19 per­cent of the to­tal high­way fa­tal­i­ties in 2013, de­spite mo­tor­cy­cle reg­is­tra­tions rep­re­sent­ing only 3 per­cent of all ve­hi­cles in Florida, he said.

With the an­tic­i­pated in­crease in mo­tor­cy­cle traf­fic dur­ing the sum­mer months, the Depart­ment of High­way Safety and Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles and the Florida Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion are pro­mot­ing May as Mo­tor­cy­cle Safety Aware­ness Month in Florida.

“More than a mil­lion driv­ers in Florida have a mo­tor­cy­cle en­dorse­ment on their driver’s li­censes, and there are over 600,000 mo­tor­cy­cles reg­is­tered in the state, not in­clud­ing all of the out-of-state mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts,” Wysocky said.

Col. David Bri­er­ton, direc­tor of the Florida High­way Pa­trol, said re­gard­less of an in­di­vid­ual’s mode of trans­porta­tion, safety

Tips for mo­tor­cy­clists and driv­ers: comes first.

“Last year, there were nearly 10,000 mo­tor­cy­cle crashes in Florida that re­sulted in 440 deaths and more than 9,800 in­juries,” he said. “By stay­ing alert and us­ing com­mon sense and cour­tesy, driv­ers and rid­ers alike can help to cre­ate a safer road en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one.”

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