Motorcycle Awareness Month

first_imgOver the next few weeks, more than 12,000 Nova Scotians will blowthe dust off their helmets, fire up their motorcycles and take tothe streets. Nova Scotia’s transportation minister is remindingthem to put safety first. “Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation for many NovaScotians,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation andPublic Works. “Because of vehicle design, motorcyclists facerisks over and above operators of cars and trucks. All motoristsmust be aware of motorcycles, their drivers and theirpassengers.” For the fourth year running, the province has proclaimed May asMotorcycle Awareness Month. The goal is to encourage riders toreceive proper training and to encourage all motorists to beaware of motorcyclists. In 2003, the Registry of Motor Vehicles registered 12,580motorcycles, an increase of more than 700 over the previous year.Over the last five years, from 1998 to 2003, the province hasrecorded an increase of about 10 per cent in the number of peoplelicensed to ride a motorcycle. While motorcycles have become more popular, the fatality rateassociated with motorcycle use has decreased. In 2003, threepeople died in collisions associated with motorcycles, comparedto seven in 1999. “The Nova Scotia Safety Council offers motorcycle trainingprograms from May until September,” said Noel Facey, trafficsafety coordinator for the Nova Scotia Safety Council. “More than1,100 people complete our courses each year, learning how tohandle their vehicles safely and responsibly.”last_img

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