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Motorcycles and Motorcycle Helmets

Motorcycles and Motorcycle Helmets. Common Traffic Issues. Intoxicated Driving Over The Limit, Under Arrest Safety Belts Click It or Ticket Mobilization Child Safety Restraints Running Red Lights Distracted Driving. National Alarming Facts.

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Motorcycles and Motorcycle Helmets

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  1. Motorcycles and Motorcycle Helmets

  2. Common Traffic Issues • Intoxicated Driving • Over The Limit, Under Arrest • Safety Belts • Click It or Ticket Mobilization • Child Safety Restraints • Running Red Lights • Distracted Driving

  3. National Alarming Facts • In 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists were killed nationwide, an increase (+2.1%) from 2010, in which 4,518 motorcyclists were killed. • In 2011, approximately 81,000 motorcyclists were injured in highway crashes in the United States.

  4. National Alarming Facts • Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 39 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash. • An estimated 157,000 motorcyclists have died in traffic crashes since the enactment of the Highway Safety and National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966.

  5. National Alarming Facts • In 2010, 35% of motorcyclist fatalities were speeding and more than half did NOT involve another vehicle. • In 2010, 29% of motorcyclist fatalities had a BAC over .08.

  6. National Alarming Facts • The number of DOT compliant motorcycle helmets worn by motorcyclists dropped to 54% in 2010 from 67% in 2009. • DOT compliant helmet use decreased by 10% in states with a helmet law and 15% in states without a helmet law.

  7. Michigan’s Alarming Facts • In the serious motorcycle crashes involving two vehicles, and where the other operator was at fault, 70% of the time the person turned left in front of the motorcycle or drove into the path of the motorcycle.

  8. Motorcycles in MichiganSome people think that a motorcycle can be as safe as any other vehicle on the road and it is, right up to the point of impact. • Motorcycles continue the trend of increasing registrations and endorsements through 2012. • Motorcycle related crashes and fatalities (17,206 & 601 respectively from 2008-2012)

  9. Continued Popularity • Almost 260,000 registrations • Over 544,000 endorsements • Over 15,000 riders trained per year • Popularity rising in two generations from internet/TV/movies (Orange County Choppers, Road Hogs etc) • Economics • Motorcycles sales dropped significantly in 2009 and 2010 due to the recession but a large number continue to be registered and rode each year

  10. Where are the fatalities in 2012? Secondary Roads – 52% Freeways – 48% Intersections – 41% County: • Wayne 16.3% • Kent 6.4% • Macomb 7.8% • Oakland 5.4% • Genesee 4.7% • Allegan 3.9% • Kalamazoo 3.9% • 65% of all fatal motorcycle crashes occur in 7 counties

  11. 2008 Fatal Crashes

  12. 2009 Fatal Crashes

  13. 2010 Fatal Crashes

  14. 2011 Fatal Crashes

  15. 2012 Fatal Crashes

  16. 2012 Fatal Crashes

  17. Demographics • Average age of all motorcyclists killed is 42.1 years old • Average age of all single vehicle crashes is 45.1 years old • 88% male

  18. The Largest Increase

  19. Still a Problem

  20. ???

  21. Crash = Injury or Death The number of motorcycle related fatalities is slightly less than what would be expected based upon the growth of registrations

  22. Riding Season 61% of crashes were in a well lit environment 80% of crashes were in clear weather

  23. 2012Causes 50.5% = multi-vehicle crashes 49.5% = single vehicle (207) 11.8% = of SV crashes were HBD crashes SV crash citations: • 9.5% (187) cited for reckless/negligent driving • 23.6% (462) cited for speed too fast • 40.8% (799) no citations noted on the UD-10 • *There can be multiple citations for a single crash

  24. Multiple Vehicles In Depth • 55.8% were multi-vehicle • 20.5% (118) were HBD crashes • Compare to 51% of all crashes involve multi-vehicle

  25. Hazardous actions for the Motorcyclist in Multi-Vehicle Crash in 2012

  26. Solutions • Prevent the crash from happening • Remind riders of critical skills • BRC and ERC Training • Proper Protective Gear all the time • Reduce impaired riding

  27. Michigan’s Helmet Law • Available at http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1593_47093_25802-16062--,00.html

  28. Local Riding Events • We need to embed our riding message at: • HOG Rallies • Muskegon Bike Time • Blessing of the Bikes • Bike Expos • Training locations • Other locations where motorcyclists gather

  29. Ride Safe to Ride Again Comes to Bike Time

  30. What You Can Do If you ride a motorcycle. . . • Get a motorcycle endorsement. • It’s the law. • It will require you to have some rudimentary experience – but it is never enough. • Know Your motorcycle and how to use it. • Get formal training

  31. What You Can Do If you ride a motorcycle. . . • Assume other drivers cannot see you. • Be Visible • Dress for Safety • This includes eye protection • Stay Alert • Don’t Drink and Drive

  32. What You Can Do If you ride a motorcycle. . . • Always wear your helmet • It’s the Law • Helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries. • Make sure the Helmet is DOT (Department of Transportation) approved. Look for the DOT sticker on the back of the helmet.

  33. What You Can Do If you ride a motorcycle. . . • Know Your helmets: Helmet Interior Unsafe Helmet Safe Helmet

  34. What You Can Do As a driver: • Stay alert – motorcyclists are difficult to see at times. • Be especially watchful at intersections and when turning left. • Use your turn signal and check your blind spot before changing lanes or turning. • Remember that motorcycle riders deserve the same privileges as other roadway users.

  35. What You Can Do For More Information on Safety, Training, and License Requirements contact: • MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF STATE Motorcycle Rider and Safety Education Program (517) 241-6850 www.michigan.gov/sos

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