U.S. House declares May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing House Resolution 269 today, which designates May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

In addition to the designation, H.R. 269 highlights several safety measures for motorcyclists, including the voluntary use of helmets and other protective gear, avoiding riding while under the influence of alcohol, and getting proper training and licensing before operating a motorcycle on public roads.

The resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), also reminds all road users, including motorists, that they must share the road safely and respectfully.

"The AMA has been involved in national and state efforts to reduce impaired riding, believes all motorcyclists should get their motorcycle endorsements and advocates proper safety gear," said AMA Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland. "In addition, educating other road users on the importance of motorcycle awareness is critical. We appreciate the efforts of Rep. Giffords and Rep. Burgess to keep this issue front and center."

May has long been recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by the AMA and other organizations. This resolution, which is similar to one passed by the U.S. House last year, demonstrates that Congress recognizes the importance of keeping motorcyclists safe on the road.

Rep. Giffords quoted recent increases in motorcyclist fatalities between 2002 and 2007 in her statement on the House floor, and added, "as motorcyclists across the country gear up for the upcoming riding season, these startling statistics highlight the need for safety education.

"I also want to take this opportunity to thank the Motorcycle Industry Council, the American Motorcyclist Association, and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation for all that they do to support motorcyclists," she added.