Rider Alert Keeps Motorcyclists Safe

By: Tim Wronka Email
By: Tim Wronka Email

Rob Lawrence is proud to recognize Motorcycle Safety Month in Virginia and he helped get the “Rider Alert” program started in the U.S. after working with a similar system in the U.K.

“I have a passion for safety,” said Lawrence. “Surprisingly, I'm not a motorcycle rider. I lost a brother however to a motorcycle accident. My family has had the police knock on the door when it all happened. If we can stop one less person from having that happen, then we've done our job.”

Rider Alert is a free identification card you can put in your helmet. It has emergency contact and medical information for first responders.

With a 15-percent jump in motorcycle crashes last year in Virginia, the cards can be a big help.

One of the main focuses of raising awareness with motorcycle safety is to watch out for these vehicles.

“It's simple, very simple,” said Sgt. Frank Pyanoe with the Virginia State Police. “Put your phone down. Don't drive distracted.”

Rider Alert started in Virginia last year and now it is spreading to other states as well.

“I'm delighted that everyone is getting the message,” said Lawrence. “And when I say everybody, it's not only the rider. It's also the public safety community. And of course, the motorists at large.”

Safety experts said this is a common time of year for motorcycle crashes with the nice weather.

You can get one of the cards at many places, including local dealers and the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad.

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