May for Motorcycles (Colleen and Megan)

May for Motorcycles
By: The Mesa Messenger

Grand Junction, Co— The community recognizes Motorcycle Safety Awareness month in light of a recent accident that occurred in Grand Junction this past week.

Over 125 motorcycle fatalities have been recorded in Colorado just in the past year. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has recently started a new campaign to honor and prevent tragedies on the road.

The number of motorcycle fatalities has shot up 15% in the last year which drove the Colorado Senate and House to designate the month of May to the cause.

The campaign is heavily focused on safety training and prevention for all levels of skill. Over 61% of these reported fatalities were people not wearing a helmet. The CDOT wants the community to be aware of any and all steps that can encourage safer riding.

“These motorcycle operator training courses not only educate riders on best safety practices, but also help develop each individual’s skillset, whether you just bought your first bike or have been riding for years” said Sam Cole, Safety Communications Manager for CDOT.

Motorcycle fatalties are more common in the summer when riders are more prevalent to get outdoors in the warmth. With the month of May beginning, Colorado is doing everything in its power to stop the trend of these accidents.

If you or someone you know may be interested in the safety training courses, click on the link to find out more. https://www.codot.gov/safety/live-to-ride/get-training.html/

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