More than one million Floridians are licensed to drive motorcycles, and countless others flock to The Sunshine State every year to soak up its temperate weather and cruise its scenic drives. To heighten awareness of the many motorcycles on Florida’s roadways, Governor Rick Scott has named the month of May, “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” in an effort to remind everyone to “give others a brake and share the road.”
Motorcycle fatalities in Florida have dropped by 35 percent in the last five years, says Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie L. Jones. But there’s still plenty to be done to prevent motorcycle accidents and fatalities. The department recommends that drivers be vigilant in checking mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles.
The DHSMV has also laid out these recommendations for protective gear that every motorcyclist should wear on every ride:
Have you or someone you know been involved in a Florida motorcycle accident?