House Representative

White, James

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/04/2015

Rep. White Promotes Motorist Precaution Around Motorcyclists

Austin, TX - The month of May marks Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. In 2014, 455 people died on roadways while riding motorcycles and scooters. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been working to bring awareness and recommend that all drivers to participate in "Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles," a program that encourages motorists to use caution, especially at intersections and when changing lanes.

State Representative James White encourages drivers and motorcyclists to reduce their chances of being involved in a serious or fatal crash by adhering to basic safety measures, including:

• Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections.
• Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
• Allow more following distance – three or four seconds – when behind a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
• Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
• Never drive while distracted.

"It is important that drivers be aware of the thousands of motorcyclists on the roads. Currently, more than 440,000 motorcycles and mopeds are registered in Texas and we must work to keep not only our roads but our Southeast Texas communities safe," said Rep. White.

The Motorcycle Safety Unit coordinates training courses at more than 200 locations around the state for both basic and experienced riders. For more information on motorcycle training or to find a training location in your area, please call 1-800-292-5787 or visit www.dps.texas.gov/msb/.

Together we can prevent deaths on our roadways. For more information contact my office at (512) 463-0490 or (409) 283-3700.