May 2, 2006

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Vancouver, British Columbia – The B.C. Provincial Government and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) are asking drivers to take extra caution and watch for motorcycles, especially when making turns. In 2004, approximately 1,250 people were injured and 43 were killed in motorcycle-related crashes; many are the result of drivers failing to see motorcyclists when turning in intersections.

“We want to reduce injuries and fatalities, and make B.C. roads safer for everyone,” says John Les, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “When it comes to cars and motorcycles, it’s a two-way street. Drivers should actively look for motorcyclists but at the same time, motorcycle riders need to make sure that they are making themselves as visible as possible to drivers.”

ICBC research shows that in urban areas, crashes most often occur at intersections involving an oncoming vehicle, typically turning left in front of a motorcycle. In rural areas, single-vehicle crashes where the motorcyclist loses control and runs off the road, especially at higher speeds and on curves, are more common.

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