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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Spring signals the start of motorcycling season in Nova Scotia. The province is once again teaming up with Safety Services Nova Scotia to promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and help reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities.

“We want to remind all drivers and riders that motorcycle safety is a shared responsibility,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “A moment’s inattention on our roads can cost you or someone else their life.”

Recent research by the department indicates that almost 70 per cent of motorcyclists in a collision involving a major injury or fatality were male riders over 35 years old.

“Along with sharing the road, skills training and refresher courses are also crucial for motorcyclists,” said Mr. Hines. “If you’re upgrading your motorcycle or you haven’t been on a motorcycle for a while, we strongly encourage you to take a refresher course.”

“Motorcycle refresher courses will help keep you safe on the road,” said Mike Tops, driver improvement manager with Safety Services Nova Scotia. “We offer courses that give you the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to get the most from your motorcycling experience.”

“Last summer, there were nine motorcycle fatalities in Nova Scotia, one being my friend,” said Jimi Swinamer, president of Bikers Down Society. “We want to increase awareness on how motorists and bikers can safely share the road and encourage motorcyclists to take a refresher course.”

More information on motorcycle safety and training courses can be found at www.safetyservicesns.ca.

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