(May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are encouraging motorists to exercise caution in response to the rise in motorcycle fatalities in the state.
Motorcycle fatalities accounted for 12 percent of the total fatalities within Tennessee in 2011. As of this week, 38 motorcyclists have died in crashes this year, a 31 percent increase compared to this same time last year.
Tennessee law requires the more than 300,000 Tennessee riders and their passengers to wear Department of Transportation-compliant helmets and other protective gear. Motorcyclists also need to educate themselves by taking an accredited training course and never riding beyond their skill ability.)
Taken from my local paper..just a reminder for everyone to ride like everyone is out to kill you..cuz they most likely are.
I do take exception with one line in there though from the bottom paragraph..we are required to wear DOT approved helmets but no where does the law require us to wear any "other protective gear"..just a mistake on the reporters part.
I wish those statistics were published somewhere... not out of some sense of morbid curiosity, rather to understand the variables involved in the fatalities... trends... It would seem to help mitigate making those same mistakes...