Kitzhaber Proclaims May Motorcycle Safety Month

More motorcyclists are hitting the roads as the weather gets warmer. With that in mind, Governor John Kitzhaber has proclaimed May 2014 “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month”. Oregon is joining with motorcycle organizations and other federal, state and local highway safety and law enforcement organizations to raise awareness about motorcycle safety.

Unfortunately, 43 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes in 2013 according to data from the Oregon Department of Transportation, down from 51 in 2012. Last year 73 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes in Oregon were attributed to the motorcyclist committing the error leading to the crash.

Oregon is a national leader in motorcycle safety education, program administration and licensing practices. ODOT-approved motorcycle safety courses are provided by the TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program, which has been delivering rider education for three decades. For more information about the law and motorcycle endorsements and training, visit the DMV website –

ODOT’s Motorcycle Safety Program website –

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 and is filed under Local News, State News.