Did you know that 125 motorcyclists lost their lives while riding on Colorado roads last year? That is an all-time record for our state. Unfortunately, 2017 is on pace to break that record, but state officials are still fighting to bring these numbers down.
How State Officials Are Fighting Motorcycle Accidents in Colorado
The halls of the Colorado State Senate were ringing with tales you would normally hear at a motorcycle rally. Senator Kevin Lundberg, Majority Leader Chris Holbert, and Fort Collins’ very own Senator John Kafalas shared their own personal motorcycle stories. Some of those tales were fun, some were tales of heartache. Senator Kent Lambert shared a particularly heartbreaking story about his son’s motorcycle crash.
These stories served to highlight Colorado’s need to guard the safety of its riders, so both the Colorado Senate and House declared May as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month”. Though MSAM is not a new concept—the attorneys who ride at the Metier Law Firm highlight it every year—it is now an official part of the Colorado state calendar. Plus, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has already taken the declaration to heart.
CDOT has started a new campaign to spread motorcycle safety this month and for the rest of the year. It’s called, “The Best Never Stop Training”. This spring campaign emphasizes the importance of safety-training no matter what age you are, or what level of experience you have. Colorado has comprehensive Motorcycle Operator Safety Training courses that can teach motorcyclists ways to stay safe on the open road. If you’ve already taken a safety course like this, then you can also take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Advanced Rider Course. It never hurts to practice more.