When it comes to driving on the road, the rules may sound simple but accidents cannot be avoided. Riders are buying the safest motorcycle clothing but it is not a guarantee if other drivers on the road are not careful. This is why Motorcycle Awareness Campaign’s president, Bob Courtney, is pushing for his advocacy. According to him, it is a common story among motorcyclist to be overtaken by cars because drivers did not see them on their lane.
It was back in 2004 when the Motorcycle Awareness Campaign was born. It was founded by a team of motorcycle riders that have seen too many deaths of fellow riders because of road accidents.
The recent death was one of the members of Baton Rouge Police Department, Cpl. Shane Totty, who is a motorcycle officer. He was only 31 years old when the accident happened and the entire headquarters is mourning. He was involved in a motorcycle accident while on duty as a marshal for a funeral procession. His passing was a huge reminder for everyone on the road.
Courtney said that motorcycle riders have always been the most vulnerable while on the road. He believes that everyone should be more aware of their surroundings while driving.
The campaign is funded by a non-profit organization and the president is hoping that this can be a way for them to let the public know about the message they want to convey in order to avoid future accidents such as the one that occurred recently.
Courtney clarified that while the message might be simple to many, in a scientific standpoint it is harder to see motorcycles while on the road because of its smaller size. It does not occupy a lot of space and putting a distance to avoid accidents might be hard to estimate sometimes.
For now, motorcyclists can do other things to make sure they are seen while on the road such as adding lights and getting louder horns. When buying new motorcycle clothing, it is recommended to get the ones with bright colours or reflectors to be easily seen while on the road especially at night.