Ride Safe. Ride Smart.

The Office of Highway Safety (OHS) will launch its 2018 Respect Your Ride & Share the Road Motorcycle Safety campaigns in May. The campaigns, a combination of both enforcement and awareness activities, are an effort to reduce motorcycle fatalities and injuries in Delaware.

During the campaign, Bridgeville, Dover, Georgetown, Middletown, Milford, New Castle County, Newark, and Delaware State Police will conduct patrols on high-crash roadways and will cite violators of the state's motorcycle safety laws. They will be paying particular attention to speeding and impaired motorcyclists.

Public awareness efforts are aimed at reaching not only motorcyclists but also the drivers of passenger vehicles. Motorists will be encouraged to look twice and Share the Road with motorcyclists through billboard and radio messaging. Motorcycle operators are being reminded, through billboard and internet ads, to Respect Your Ride by ensuring they have the proper training and tools to be safer riders. Additionally, safety brochures, window decals, and incentive items are being distributed through OHS partners, including motorcycle rider groups.

Motorcycle deaths have been rising in Delaware and nationwide. Deaths in Delaware hit a high in 2013 and 2015 when 20 motorcyclists died in crashes. In 2016, 15 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, 4 of which were not wearing a helmet.

OHS awareness efforts in the last four years have fostered a stronger partnership with the state's Motorcycle Safety Committee. The Committee includes motorcycle riders, businesses, advocacy groups, the OHS and representatives of the DMV Motorcycle Rider Training Program.

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