Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety
Public Information Office
Contact: Kimberly J. Evans
555 Wright Way
Carson City, Nevada 89711
(702) 684-4544

NEWS FROM: Office of Traffic Safety 99-118

Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program Kicks Off Motorcycle Awareness Campaign

Gov. Guinn proclaims May as "Motorcycle Awareness and You" Month

The Office of Traffic Safety’s Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program announced a campaign today to heighten the awareness of the increasing numbers of motorcyclists on Nevada’s roadways. The "Motorcycle Awareness and You" (M.A.Y.) campaign provides both drivers and motorcyclists valuable information about keeping safe on Nevada roadways.

In 1998, the number of licensed motorcyclists in Nevada was nearly 68,000. In the same year, there were 13 motorcycle fatalities and 527 injuries in 640 reported crashes. When motorcycle related crashes occurred, 75% of them involved a collision with another vehicle, usually a passenger car. More than 50% of all crashes involving a motorcycle and passenger car occurred because the motorist did not see the motorcycle, or did not see it soon enough to respond.

The M.A.Y. campaign is intended to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities associated with motorcycling by encouraging motorcycle operators to participate in rider education programs, wear the proper apparel, not drink and ride and operate their vehicle defensively according to the rules of the road. The campaign also encourages motor vehicle drivers to be cautious and watch out for motorcyclists, especially during their seasonal return to Nevada’s streets and highways.

A motorcycle/motorist safety brochure is available now at DMV offices in Carson City, Reno and Las Vegas. For further information about the M.A.Y. campaign, contact Jim Utterback at the Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program at 687-4321 or 1-800-889-8779.

Photo Opportunity & Interviews

Motorcycle Safety Course
Saturday and Sunday, May 1 & 2, 1999
In Carson City at the parking lot between DMV&PS and Department of Transportation.
555 Wright Way in Carson City