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May 1, 2012
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Minister Vessey proclaims May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

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This time of year thousands of Islanders take to the province’s highways on their motorcycles, and it is important that all drivers make a special effort to be extra alert, says Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Robert Vessey.

“May is an opportune time to raise awareness about the safety concerns that arise when motorcycles are on the road again,” said Minister Vessey. “Drivers should use extra caution because motorcycles are less visible than regular vehicles, so it’s important that drivers double check before proceeding at intersections or passing other vehicles.”

Almost 10,000 Islanders hold their class six license for motorcycles. That number has been increasing by about 500 every year. In total, there are approximately 3,000 motorcycles registered in the province. The increasing numbers are indicative that more and more people are enjoying motorcycles for recreation, for touring and as a fuel efficient mode of transportation.

Motor vehicle accident records show that from 2008 to 2011 there were 179 collisions involving motorcycles on Prince Edward Island. Those collisions accounted for 125 injuries and nine fatalities.

“The RCMP urges all motorists to share the road respectfully with others, especially those riding motorcycles,” said Sgt. Leanne Butler, NCO in charge of “L” Division Traffic Services. ”Motorist should take a few extra seconds to ensure the roadway is clear. Those few seconds may save a life.”

Motorcycle riders are reminded that the Canada Safety Council offers regular instruction on Prince Edward Island to help riders improve their skills. For more information, e-mail info@safetyservicenb.ca or call toll free 1-877-762-7233.

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Media Contact: Andrew Sprague
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