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Motorcycle Safety

"This is Public Health" assignment HEA 320

Erika Maynard

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle safety 5,290 US motorcycle fatalities (2008)
96,000 US motorcycle injuries (2008)
Kentucky data
93 motorists were killed in 2008
60% were not wearing a helmet The Governor’s Commission on Motorcycle Safety and Education Motorcycle Rider Training
Motorcycle Rider Testing and Licensing
Public Information and Education Programs
Motorist Awareness
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY Includes education, polices, and awareness campaigns that advocate for the safer use of motorcycles to reduce injury and fatalities. STATS STATS continued... [Per vehicle mile traveled] motorcyclists were 37 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash and 9 times more likely to be injured than passenger car occupants. [Per registered vehicle] motorcyclists were 6 times more likely to die in motor vehicle crash and 0.7 times likely to be injured than passenger car occupants. Kentucky Awareness Campaigns Passenger vehicles vs. Motorcycles 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death.
No impact protection
Smaller size (harder for other vehicles to see)
Decrease visibility during rain/snow
Greater agility and maneuverability
Ability to stop quicker and dodge obstacles.
Special training required (more high-skill techniques required)

About 20 percent of reported automobile crashes result in injury or death.

Greater stability (4 wheel construction)

Impact protection (air bags and seat belts)

Size (easier for other vehicles to see)

Less agility and maneuverability
Look Twice, Save a Life
Share the Road
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Get trained and licensed Fatalities by Age Group (2008) <30 30-39 40+ Total 1,614 987 2,687 5,290 25% of individuals involved in fatal crashes were not licensed
Licensure is the only way that states have to ensure they have the knowledge and skill needed to safely and skillfully operate a motorcycle.
Most motorcycle crashes can be attributed to lack of skills and use of improper driving techniques. Always Wear Protective Gear DOT Certified Motorcycle Helmet
Helmets are estimated to be 37-percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders
In 2008, helmets saved 1,829 lives
823 lives could have been saved if they were all wearing helmets.
Kentucky law requires that all motorcyclists under the age of 21 to wear a helmet.
Protective eye wear, jackets and trousers, gloves and proper footwear.
Ride unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs 43% of all fatal single-vehicle motorcycle crashes in 2008 involved alcohol.
Riding under any influence of alcohol can severly inhibit ability to operate a motorcycle. These pictures represent KY policy regarding helmet use. This picture represents public health initiatives that aim to aware other motorists of motorcyclists rights. This picture depticts a riders manual that instructs beginner riders on riding techniques and safety. Remember to wear your helmet. It makes you look cool. References Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (2010, April). Current u.s. motorcycle and bicycle helmet laws. Retrieved from http://www.iihs.org/laws/mapmotorcyclehelmets.aspx

Kentucky Governor's Commission on Motorcycle Education and Safety. (2010). Motorcycle education and safety. Retrieved from http://kentuckymotorcycleeducationandsafety.ky.gov/

Objectives Motorcycle Safety
Facts and Statistics
Passenger Vehicles vs. Motorcycles
Key Messages
Public Health Initiatives and Awareness
"This is Public Health"
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