Public Awareness and Rider Education:
We know that driver education and risk awareness are key elements in avoiding automobile and motorcycle accidents. In our country we routinely offer driver education courses and defensive driving classes to automobile drivers. Although the Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers riders’ courses for beginners and for experienced riders, the motorcycle accident death rate continues to rise. We clearly need to do more to prevent these senseless fatalities that devastate our families and our communities. But what are we to do?
We members of the Diana’s Foundation believe we need to combat the issues on 4 levels:
1. First we must make rider education affordable and easily accessible by all who want it. We must influence and utilize the social media venues at our disposal, to produce educational shows on the web and on network TV. We need to offer motorcycle rider education and to develop defensive driving courses that are specific to motorcyclists.
2. We need to cross train automobile and truck drivers as well as motorcyclists regarding the safe interaction of vehicles on the roadways in new and innovative ways. These should be incorporated into driver education classes both in theory and in practice.
3. We need to offer courses, seminars, and media programs that raise pubic awareness by working with the automobile industry, motorcycles and truck manufacturers, to make our roadways safer for all, in both design and proper signage.
4. We need to work with industry leaders such as ABATE, the American Motorcyclist Association and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, to help develop useful and pertinent safety laws for motorcyclists, automobile drivers as well as the motorcycle and automobile manufacturers.
Born with the passion, I have acquired the knowledge and experience to implement my solutions. Your contribution to the Diana’s Motorcyclist Foundation will enable our instructors and our volunteers to:
1-Provide free cutting edge training in motorcycle operation and safety via club visits, seminars, DVD’s and Web TV.
2-Assist fallen riders and their families with the expenses associated with medical treatments and motorcycle restoration, and to provide the emotional support and training that they need to regain their employment, and their enjoyment of the open road.
3-Increase the general public’s awareness of motorcyclists, so that the roadways can be safely shared by all.