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MMA Announces 2013 Massachusetts Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period

Saturday, March 23, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MMA Announces 2013 Massachusetts Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period

The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) is pleased to announce the 12th consecutive Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period in Massachusetts!  This annual event has represented Motorcyclists across the Commonwealth in a coordinated effort between the MMA, the Massachusetts Office of the Governor, the MA Highway Safety Division, the MA Legislature, MassDOT, the MA RMV and the MA Rider Education Program to declare the month of April as “Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Period".  In a Proclamation presented to the MMA and signed by Governor Deval Patrick, this year’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period runs from Monday, March 25 to Tuesday, April 30, 2013.


2013 Massachusetts Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period Proclamation

Each spring, the arrival of warmer weather brings not just rain and flowers, but the roar of lawn equipment and the rumble of Motorcycles.  Unfortunately drivers have yet to come out of their enclosed cocoons and are not alert for smaller roadway users including joggers, bicyclists, and motorcycles.  Adding to the confusion, riders are shaking off their winter cobwebs and are focusing on their stale riding skills and avoiding winter potholes as opposed to watching for sandy roads and other vehicles that aren't used to seeing them.

Although only in existence since 2002, despite some ups and downs, overall Motorcycle Fatalities have decreased by approximately 30% since 2002, also during a period in which motorcycle Registrations increased by roughly the same rate…  The MMA believes the annual Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period is a significant contributor to this since it reminds all motorists to share the road at the most critical point in the riding season…

In support of the Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period, the MMA is promoting the period through various mediate outlets including RMV offices, toll booths, and highway signs.  Additionally, lawn signs and bumper stickers with the "Check Twice – Save a Life, Motorcycles are Everywhere®" slogan are available to  riders at no charge from your MMA District Officers and at most MMA events.  MMA Members are also eligible for discounts at MMA Gold Card Sponsor training schools including Training Wheels, Inc. (www.TrainingWheelsOnline.com), Ironstone Ventures (www.IronstoneVentures.com) and Central Mass Safety Council (www.CentralMassSafety.org).  The programs available through the Massachusetts Rider Education Program are a great way to hone your riding skills and shake off the cobwebs in a safe environment.

The MMA asks all roadway users to SHARE THE ROAD!


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