The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Motorcycle Safety Program

January 2003

INTRODUCTION

RECENT TRENDS

NHTSA'S KNOWLEDGE BASE

NHTSA'S MOTORCYCLE SAFETY PROGRAM

CRASH PREVENTION

INJURY MITIGATION

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

CONCLUSION

REFERENCE

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A.  CRASH PREVENTION

Preventing crashes before they occur is a major component of any comprehensive

traffic safety program, including motorcycle safety. NHTSA's crash prevention activities will have a significant focus on variables that affect and contribute to crashes operator fitness, experience and training, and licensing. Operator impairment alone is a contributing factor in more than half of all fatal-single vehicle motorcycle crashes. The agency supports effective State rider education and training programs and encourages proper licensing for all motorcyclists. NHTSA also promotes "share the road" and other motorist awareness efforts to raise the motoring public's awareness of the various mix of vehicles and non-vehicle users using the Nation's roadways.

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