“Share the Road” and Help Decrease Motorcycle Fatalities

May 31, 2017 by Dafne Valle

To raise Motorcycle Safety and Awareness, the Texas Department of Transportation recently launched a campaign called “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles.”  The campaign emphasizes that drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and watch closely for motorcycles at intersections and when changing lanes.

Motorcyclists are considered one of the most vulnerable road users.  On average, a motorcyclist dies in Texas once per day.  Recent statistics in Texas have showed that motorcycle fatalities are increasing as well.  More than half of the fatalities are associated with a motorcycle colliding with either a car or a truck; typically, summer has the highest incidences of motorcycle crashes.

The campaign reminds drivers to ALWAYS use turn signals, check the mirrors in your vehicle before changing lanes, give motorcyclists a full lane, and leave enough space between your vehicle and a motorcycle. For more information about this campaign, please visit LookTwiceTexas.com or visit txdot.gov.

Written by Dafne Valle

Dafne Valle

Dafne Valle Javier recently achieved a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering specializing in Transportation Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. During her graduate studies she was awarded the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship of the Federal Highway Administration for two consecutive years. She had published and presented in various international forums such as: 1st International Road Federation Congress (IRF), Highway Safety Iberoamerican Congress, International Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering Institutions and the Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting.