May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Motorcyclists in Hampton Roads have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway but are very vulnerable to roadway accidents. This means they are entitled to their space on the road, no matter the size of their ride. It is not uncommon to see large groups of motorcyclists on I-264 heading to the Oceanfront, this time of year. But they to must follow the same road laws as other vehicles, including keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. It is against the law to for them to ride in between traffic, during heavy congestion. In 2013, 4,668 motorcyclists died. In Virginia alone, there were 64 motorcycle fatalities and over seventeen hundred injuries reported. We want to reduce that number to zero.
During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May - and during the rest of the year - drivers of all other vehicles are reminded to "share the road" with motorcyclists and to be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe.