Governor Roy Cooper names May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.


Governor Roy Cooper is set to proclaim May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. There are more than 193,000 motorcycles registered in North Carolina with more than 177,000 licensed motorcycle drivers. In 2016, there were more than 3,600 motorcycle-related crashes that resulted in 385 injuries and 152 fatalities. To keep motorcyclists and other drivers safe, follow the tips below. For motorcyclists: Wear brightly colored clothing and reflective tape Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and protective gear Obey all traffic laws, including the posted speed limit Use hand and turn signals Never ride distracted or impaired For other drivers: Share the road Stay alert and never drive distracted or impaired Be cautious and aware of motorcycles hidden in a car's blind spot Use your signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic Keep a safe distance behind motorcycles The Governor's Highway Safety Program and BikeSafe North Carolina invite motorcyclists to enroll in a free "Riders Skills Day" class. For the class schedule and more information, visit