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Experts raise awareness during Motorcycle Safety

NEW YORK STATE -- As motorcycle accidents are on the rise, experts are speaking out, offering valuable insight on the importance of sharing the roadways.

“The ultimate goal is to protect motorcycles and make motorists more aware of motorcyclists,” said Motorcycle Awareness Program Manager Jim Halvorsen.

Listening closely to Jim Halvorsen’s lead, one man took a bike for a test spin on a traffic simulator course designed to give people the life-like feel of riding the real-deal on the streets.

“They get to experience what’s it’s like to be in an environment where motorcyclists can be found,” said Halvorsen. - See more here.

Study Finds Motorcyclist Fatalities Fell 7% in 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—For only the second year since 1997, U.S. motorcyclist fatalities are projected to decrease in 2013, according to a new analysis of preliminary state data released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The latest Spotlight on Highway Safety report also notes that despite the probable 7 percent decrease in rider deaths, motorcyclist safety has not improved in fifteen years.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia provided preliminary motorcyclist fatality counts for the first nine months of 2013 and insights into why their numbers increased or decreased. Compared with the first nine months of 2012, motorcyclist fatalities decreased in 35 states and the District of Columbia, increased in 13 states, and remained the same in two. The report was authored by Dr. James Hedlund of Highway Safety North, a former senior official with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Read more here.

AAMVA Motorcycle Safety Blog

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Effective Strategies for Motorcycle Stops

This document describes practices for safely and effectively conducting traffic stops of motorcyclists, effective officer safety strategies and techniques, as well as strategies and techniques for reducing high-speed pursuits involving motorcycles.





Study: DC-Area Motorcyclists More at Risk-A new study shows motorcycle fatalities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are increasing, while the number falls in most of the country.

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Everyone Has a Responsibility to Keep Motorcyclists Safe

OLYMPIA, WA — May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Department of Licensing (DOL), Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), Washington State Patrol (WSP), and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) have teamed up to remind drivers of cars, trucks and buses to look out for, and share the road with, motorcycle riders.

"Motorcycle safety depends on safe driving and cooperation of everyone on the road, whether they’re on a bike or in a car," said Governor Jay Inslee. "We’re getting closer to our Target Zero traffic safety goals but have more work to do."

Target Zero is Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2030. In Washington, motorcycle deaths are not steadily declining like overall traffic deaths. From 2011 through 2013, motorcycles made up just 4 percent of the registered vehicles on our roads, but accounted for almost 17 percent of all traffic fatalities (225 of 1327).

In just the first four months (January-April) of 2015, there have been nine motorcyclist fatalities. The five year average (2010-2014) for this same four month time period is 12 fatalities. Speeding, running off the road, and riding under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs are the main contributing factors in these crashes. Motorcyclists should always ride sober and within the posted speed limits, get the required training and endorsement, and wear DOT compliant helmets and protective gear.

Several projects are underway in Washington to reduce serious motorcycle crashes. A campaign called “It’s A Fine Line” promotes safe riding through social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. DOL training contractors are distributing motorcycle hangtags to dealerships statewide to encourage riders of all skill levels to get certified training. DOL also produced a motorist awareness video that has gone viral. It can be seen at

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative designed to encourage drivers of all other kinds of vehicles and motorcyclists to share the road with each other. For more information on motorcycle safety, visit


2014 Symposium Presentations

2014 Awards Recipients

SMSA Members,

The National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators would like to announce its new membership structure for the upcoming 2015 year. The new member structure will affect the Individual Member and the Supporting Member Categories. SMSA has created these new levels to expand membership and to provide additional opportunities for member participation.

The Individual Membership Category will have two levels – Gold Individual Member and Silver Individual Member.

The Supporting Membership Category will have four levels – Supporting Corporate Member, Supporting Corporate Partner, Supporting Non-Profit Member, and Supporting Small Business Member.

Please find attached applications and a full description of the new levels including new member benefits.

SMSA would like to thank all of its members for their continued support and encourage you to share the new membership structure with the motorcycle community.