Motorcycle safety week in Saskatchewan
May 7, 2010
Minister Responsible for SGI June Draude proclaimed May 8 to 14, 2010 as Motorcycle Safety Week in Saskatchewan. The week is marked each spring to encourage motorcyclists to take training and educate themselves about safe riding practices, and to remind other drivers that they have the responsibility to share the road with motorcyclists.
"Motorcycle riders are among the most vulnerable individuals we share our roads with. They're five times more likely to be injured in a crash than those in passenger vehicles," said Draude. "All motorcycle riders should protect themselves, by taking training and following safety guidelines. Other drivers should keep an eye out for motorcyclists, especially after a winter without them on the roads."
The Saskatchewan Safety Council is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to reducing injuries and fatalities. The council sponsors Motorcycle Safety Week as part of its goal to educate people about safety.
"Riding a motorcycle is a thrill and a great adventure, especially after the winter off-season. But motorcyclists need to be sure they're road ready and so are their bikes. They need to brush up on their safety skills and take time refreshing their riding ability," said Barry Muir, Motorcycle Safety Instructor with the Saskatchewan Safety Council. "Motorcycle Safety Week serves as an important reminder. We want you to make the most of the short motorcycle season; safe riding is the best way to do so."
In 2009, there were 202 injuries and two deaths resulting from motorcycle collisions in Saskatchewan.
"The saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, is a familiar adage, but it holds true. Through education and training we can reduce accidents involving motorcycles, and make the riding season enjoyable for all," said Draude.
Information on motorcycle safety and training can be found on the SGI website in the Motorcycle safety page.