MAY is “Motorcycles And You”
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H. Res. 269
In the House of Representatives, U. S.,
May 5, 2009.
Whereas approximately 7,000,000 motorcyclists ride on our
Nation’s roads and highways to commute, travel, and recreate;
Whereas motorcycles are a valuable component of the
Whereas motorcycles are fuel-efficient and decrease congestion
while having little impact on our Nation’s transportation
Whereas the United States is the world leader in motorcycle
safety, promoting education, licensing, use of protective gear,
and motorcycle awareness;
Whereas the motorcycling community is committed to decreasing
motorcycle crashes through licensing, training, education,
enforcement, personal responsibility, and increased public
Whereas, according to a comprehensive study conducted on
motorcycle crash causation in the United States the ‘‘Motorcycle
Accident Cause Factors and Identification of
Countermeasures’’ (Hurt Report), in approximately two-thirds of
fatal car-motorcycle crashes, the driver of the car was at
Whereas motorcycle awareness is beneficial to all road users and
will help to decrease car-motorcycle crashes;
Whereas May is designated as ‘‘Motorcycle Safety Awareness
Whereas the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
promotes Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to encourage riders
to always wear helmets and other protective gear, never drink
and ride, be properly licensed, and get training and to remind
all riders and motorists to always share the road: Now,
therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) recognizes the contribution motorcycles make to the
(2) encourages all road users to be more aware of motorcycles
and motorcyclists’ safety;
(3) encourages all riders to receive appropriate training and
practice safe riding skills; and
(4) supports the goals of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.