May has been proclaimed Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to remind all drivers that motorcycle traffic will increase on Nova Scotia roads during the warmer months and to drive safely.
A proclamation was read to motorcyclists today, May 1, at a ceremony in Dartmouth by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan.
He also drove through Safety Services Nova Scotia’s
motorcycle test layout and spoke of the dangers that distracted drivers create for motorcyclists.
“As a biker myself I’ve seen lots of close calls when drivers aren’t paying attention,” said Mr. MacLellan. “Road safety is a shared responsibility and all drivers need to be alert as the use of motorcycles increases in warmer weather.”
“A moment’s inattention on our roads can cost somebody their life,” said Ed Snow of Safety Services Nova Scotia. “We’re asking all drivers to take that second look before proceeding from a stop or turn.”
There were 11 motorcycle fatalities in Nova Scotia last year. In 2013, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Access Nova Scotia licensed more than 4,500 new motorcyclists in the province. There are more than 30,000 motorcycles registered in Nova Scotia.
More information on motorcycle safety and training courses can be found on the Safety Services Nova Scotia website at www.safetyservicesns.com .