State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60th, has announced that, by order of a resolution passed by the New York State Senate and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, May shall be designated as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.
As the number of motorcyclists increases, there becomes a greater need to teach riders how to operate their machines safely and the general public needs to become more aware of the proper ways to safely share the road with bikers, Grisanti's camp said. This resolution is designed to remind the public that another riding season has started and that they should be alert to the presence of motorcycles on the streets and highways.
"I am pleased that May is now officially a month to celebrate those who ride motorcycles, and teach greater understanding for all on how to share the road with those on bikes," Grisanti said. "There have already been a couple of fatal motorcycle accidents due to rusty skills, inexperience, poor judgment or poor riding habits. We must work to limit the number of fatalities for those who ride motorcycles. Erie County had the dubious distinction of being third in the state for the number of motorcycle fatalities. Decreasing this number is the ultimate goal of this educational and awareness program."