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MVA offers safety tips for Labor Day weekend travel

August 31st, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is reminding riders and motorists to look out for each other and to share the road this Labor Day weekend. Over the past five years, there have been an average of 20 fatal motorcycle crashes in the months of July and August, which represents nearly a third of all fatal crashes for the year. This weekend is forecast to be perfect riding weather, and MDOT MVA is urging riders and motorists to travel with caution.

“The number of motorcycle fatalities on Maryland roads over the past few weeks is alarming,” said Chrissy Nizer, MDOT MVA Administrator and Governor Larry Hogan’s Highway Safety Representative. “Every life lost on our roadways is preventable, so Labor Day weekend and every weekend let’s look out for each other, avoid distractions and drive responsibly.

Last year 1,268 motorcycle-involved crashes occurred in Maryland, resulting in 1,067 injuries and 58 lives lost. Those numbers are improvements from 2017, when 1,451 motorcycle-involved crashes and 85 fatalities occurred in the state. Yet more can be done to promote safety on Maryland roadways.

One Response to “MVA offers safety tips for Labor Day weekend travel”

  1. August 31, 2019 at 4:55 pm, Linmarie said:

    Teenagers learn in their driving class to have both hands on the wheel. That doesn’t change as we get older. So put the phone down. People still drive around with a phone to their ear. The law is simple both hands on the wheel. No hand held phone. It is nerve wracking when someone is smoking, talking full force in a phone and not looking to see if someone is near them.
    Stay safe out there.


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