More than 500 motorcyclists were killed in crashes last year, a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) states.
May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and TxDOT has kicked off its annual campaign, “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles.” The campaign urges drivers to watch carefully for motorcycles.
As a motorcyclist, I know that motorcycle crashes are more severe than other types of crashes because motorcycles lack the protective and safety features of other vehicles. Intersections are particularly risky areas for serious crashes involving motorcycles. Then there is the reality that people are more distracted than ever with cell phone calls and texting. Bottom line is that motorcyclists are becoming more invisible to 4-wheel vehicles.
I appreciate TxDOT trying to make a difference with their “Share the Road” campaign, but that campaign has been going on for years. We need something more. Please email me your thoughts.