News Share the Road Heading to West Virginia

Share the Road Heading to West Virginia

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The Share the Road Highway Safety Program will be in West Virginia June 17-19 setting up a highway safety demonstration for the Gold Wing Road Riders Association for the third consecutive year.

Taking place in Summersville, W.V., Share the Road Professional Drivers will focus on helping motorcycle enthusiasts stay safe on the highway at the annual rally.

The Share the Road program has long focused on keeping all motorists on the highway safe, and has developed special tips targeting motorcyclists. At the same time, the Share the Road program addresses professional truck drivers about how they can accommodate motorcyclists on the highway. By sharing tips with both groups, the highway safety program is working to curb the recent rise in motorcycle related fatalities.

"Attending the Gold Wing Road Riders Association rally is a chance for us to talk to a large number of motorcycle enthusiasts about the techniques they should know in order to stay safe around tractor-trailers," said Jim Gallagher, a professional truck driver for YRC.

"By showing riders the limitations I face behind the wheel, I can help keep them safe on the road. Similarly, I get to hear first-hand the concerns of motorcycle drivers and can help address those issues."

Share the Road Professional Drivers Clarence Jenkins, of UPS Freight, and Jim Gallagher, of YRC, will bring a combined 76 years and 6.8 million miles of accident-free driving experience to the event. These professional truck drivers provide a veteran’s perspective and can talk about the importance of safety.

The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is the world’s largest single-marque social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie motorcycles. Founded in 1977, GWRRA has grown to more than 80,000 U.S., Canadian and international members in 53 foreign countries in just 32 years.

Over 800 active Chapters are managed by 4,000 volunteer leaders working with members to foster safe, enjoyable riding while also working to improve the public image of motorcycling.

Share the Road is a highway safety outreach program of the American Trucking Associations that educates all drivers about sharing the roads safely with large trucks. An elite team of professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles deliver life-saving messages to millions of motorists annually. The safety program is sponsored by Mack Trucks, Inc. and Michelin North America, Inc.

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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