May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time to pause and think about just how many motorcycles are on the road with cars each day, particularly in Florida where pleasant weather lends itself to riding motorcycles more often than other, less hospitable areas of the country.
In 2010, the last year for which data is available, there were more than eight million registered motorcycles on America’s streets. The theme of this year’s National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is Share the Road.
“Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May – and during the rest of the year – drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.”