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National Bike Month

Posted: May 25, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 25, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

In recognition of the increased presence of our two-wheeled counterparts on the street enjoying spring weather, May has been declared National Bike Month. During this time of year, it is especially important to have a heightened sense of awareness on the road and be on the lookout for those traveling by bicycle.

 

Traffic safety is an important issue to us, as eleven years ago, a young man ran through a red light and broadsided the car our daughter Sarah was driving. Sarah was just 31-years-old when reckless driving ended her life.

Bicyclists are at even greater risk on our roadways as drivers may not see them until it is too late, making busy intersections especially dangerous. Communities throughout the country use red light cameras as a tool to improve intersection safety for everyone on the road. By enhancing the ability of police departments to enforce our most basic traffic safety law stop on red safety cameras have been proven to reduce red light running, prevent injuries and save lives.

 

For example, in Santa Clarita, safety cameras led to a 64 percent drop in broadside collisions and before letting cameras go dark, Los Angeles saw a 62 percent decrease in red light collisions.

 

During National Bike Month, we encourage communities to consider safety cameras as a way to encourage motorists to be alert and aware on roads and at intersections.

 

People hopping on their bikes to get to work, school, or enjoy the warm weather should be able to do so safely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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