PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing House Resolution 269 today, which designates May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
In addition to the designation, H.R. 269 highlights several safety measures for motorcyclists, including the voluntary use of helmets and other protective gear, avoiding riding while under the influence of alcohol, and getting proper training and licensing before operating a motorcycle on public roads.
The resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), also reminds all road users, including motorists, that they must share the road safely and respectfully.
"The AMA has been involved in national and state efforts to reduce impaired riding, believes all motorcyclists should get their motorcycle endorsements and advocates proper safety gear," said AMA Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland. "In addition, educating other road users on the importance of motorcycle awareness is critical. We appreciate the efforts of Rep. Giffords and Rep. Burgess to keep this issue front and center."
May has long been recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by the AMA and other organizations. This resolution, which is similar to one passed by the U.S. House last year, demonstrates that Congress recognizes the importance of keeping motorcyclists safe on the road.
Rep. Giffords quoted recent increases in motorcyclist fatalities between 2002 and 2007 in her statement on the House floor, and added, "as motorcyclists across the country gear up for the upcoming riding season, these startling statistics highlight the need for safety education.
"I also want to take this opportunity to thank the Motorcycle Industry Council, the American Motorcyclist Association, and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation for all that they do to support motorcyclists," she added.
Motorcyclists can find more information about riding safe under "Rider Resources" in the Riding section of the AMA website at AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations.