house resolution no.240

Rep. Brenda Carter offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare May 2024 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Michigan has 232,316 registered motorcycles and 608,834 individuals who have operator licenses with a motorcycle endorsement; and

Whereas, The state of Michigan has many citizens who are concerned about motorcycle safety while touring, during recreation, and in daily transportation; and

Whereas, The month of May is the nationally recognized month motorcycles become more prevalent on our streets; the need to be more aware of their presence is of the utmost urgency; and

Whereas, Due to the Pure Michigan advertising campaign and the modification of the Michigan Helmet Law, many out of state riders will be visiting our state and using our roads; and

Whereas, In 2022, there were 3,138 motorcycle crashes on Michigan roads with 173 riders killed and 2,965 injured; and

Whereas, An overwhelming number of collisions between cars and motorcycles could be avoided with due regard, respect, and awareness of motorcycles on the streets and intersections of this state; and

Whereas, The inclusion of motorcycle awareness provided by  ABATE of Michigan as a distinct part of the driver education curriculum and motorcycle rider education programs will help to promote safe driving and motorcycle riding practices, and

Whereas, It is in the interest of our community and the citizens of the state of Michigan to note the increase in the amount of motorcycle traffic as we enter the warm months, to enable the reduction of accidents and injuries involving motorcyclists; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare May 2024 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. We recognize the vital importance of fostering a culture of safety and mutual respect on our roads, echoing the values championed by our fellow riders and organizations like ABATE of Michigan. May drivers and riders alike work together to foster this spirit of camaraderie, ensuring a vigilant, respectful coexistence that safeguards our roads.