ViewPoint: Be a responsible rider

September 4, 2008

Even before the current gas crisis, motorcycle crashes in Albany have been on the rise.

Now, in an effort to save money at the pump, more and more citizens are opting to use their motorcycles and scooters as their primary method of transportation.

In a recent WALB News 10 report, it was noted that motorcycle fatalities in Georgia are up 147 percent in six years. Albany had 43 crashes in 2006, up from just 17 in 2000. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, motorcycle crash-related fatalities have been increasing since 1997 on a national level, while injuries have been increasing since 1999.

Along with the U.S. Transportation Secretary, Mary E. Peters, who In November of 2007 , announced a broad new effort to reduce motorcycle fatalities and included her own personal crash survival story in a PSA, we would like to remind you to check your bike or scooter, wear ALL of your safety equipment and make sure you're visible to other drivers. Also, remember to ride sober!

We are all doing our part to survive the high costs associated with traveling and we all need to do our part to stay safe - not only for ourselves but also for the ones we love!!!