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May declared 'Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month'

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The Valley's latest motorcycle fatality occurred on Tuesday night, bringing the total for the state to 37 so far in 2013.

In response, Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Nevada.

The aim of the proclamation is to call on motorcyclists and drivers of other vehicles to share the road safely.

"Distracted or inattentive driving has become a major concerning to the cycling community," said Pete Vander Aa,administrator for the Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program. "Staying alert and sharing the road – both motorists and motorcyclists – are all vital to saving lives."

As part of the effort, the message "Respect my space. Respect my life. Share the Road" will be communicated throughout Nevada on billboards and on radio.

The state recommends the following to reduce the chances of an accident involving a motorcycle:

Guidelines for motorists:

  • Give motorcyclists a full lane of travel
  • Keep three to four seconds behind a motorcycle
  • Remain alert and look for motorcyclists on the roadway, especially before making a left turn

Guidelines for motorcyclists:

  • Always wear a properly fitting helmet and eye safety gear
  • Be visible; wear proper clothing or reflective decals and ride with your headlight on
  • Remain alert and give yourself time to react
  • Participate in rider education programs. Class schedules, locations and fees are available at www.nevadarider.com.

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