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Erie County: Poloncarz, officials promote motorcycle safety, awareness

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Mon, May 4th 2015 04:55 pm
A police escort prepares to guide motorcyclists participating in ABATE's 25th annual safety and awareness ride. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, and Saturday's rally downtown emphasized the need for all drivers to be vigilant and prepared to share the road with motorcycles.
A police escort prepares to guide motorcyclists participating in ABATE's 25th annual safety and awareness ride. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, and Saturday's rally downtown emphasized the need for all drivers to be vigilant and prepared to share the road with motorcycles.

Kick off new riding season with ABATE's annual safety and awareness ride

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined on the steps of the Edward A. Rath county office building Saturday by Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, Erie County Commissioner of Central Police Services John Glascott, elected officials, community members and officials from the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education ("ABATE") of NY Buffalo-Erie Chapter to start the motorcycle season with a call for increased safety and awareness. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, with increased ridership and more bikes on the road.

"More motorcycles are on the road each year, and more drivers in general. It's always a good idea to practice good driving skills, especially as warm weather approaches, and be aware of road conditions and the other drivers sharing the road," Poloncarz said. "I urge all motorists to be vigilant and on the lookout for smaller vehicles. If everyone does so, it will be a safer driving season for all."

ABATE has 25 chapters across New York dedicated to promoting motorcycle safety, awareness and education. The organization also pursues fair treatment for all motorcyclists, monitors proposed motorcycle-impacting legislation, and works for freedom of choice regarding safety equipment. ABATE advocates for individuals' "Right to Ride" while striving to keep members educated on all issues affecting motorcyclists.

"There are currently over 21,000 registered motorcycles in Erie County, along with thousands of other riders who travel our roads seasonally," Jacobs said. "In an era of distracted driving, motorists must always be aware of their vehicle's blind spots and alert to the presence of motorcycles so we can safely share the road together."

Glascott said, "As a former accident investigator, one of the things I learned was that, in the event of an accident involving a motorcycle, the motorcyclist usually loses. It is incumbent on those of us sharing the highways with our friends driving their bikes to be aware of their presence at all times, and be extra cautious while driving."

For more information on ABATE of Buffalo-Erie, visit www.buffaloerieabate.com.

On the NYS Motorcycle Safety Program, visit www.nysmsp.org.

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