JavaScript must be enabled in order for you to use DMVNow in standard view. However, it seems JavaScript is either disabled or not supported by your browser. To use standard view, enable JavaScript by changing your browser options, then try again. To get the best experience, you'll need to upgrade to a modern browser.
Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Skip to Content
Agencies | Governor
Search Virginia.Gov
DMVNow logo Virginias Secure Drivers Licenses and ID Cards - New secure card features
 

Email this pagePrint this page  

DMV News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 2, 2012

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Safety, Proper Training are Encouraged

RICHMOND - Seventeen motorcyclists have died on Virginia's roads so far in 2012, a 42 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2011.

"More motorcyclists are dying on our roadways so we must put even more emphasis on safety and the proper training," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative.

Last year, 90 motorcyclists were killed and 2,036 were injured in Virginia. Nearly 90 percent of 2011's fatal motorcycle crashes can be attributed to speeding (43 percent) and motorcyclists failing to maintain control of their bikes (44 percent) - and 49 percent of the fatal crashes involved only one vehicle, the motorcycle. Also, alcohol was a factor in 28 percent of last year's fatal motorcycle crashes.

"Motorists are reminded to avoid distractions and to share the roadways with motorcycles," Holcomb said. "These vehicles have a much smaller profile and are therefore much more difficult to see. Since 49 percent of the motorcycle fatal crashes in 2011 were single-vehicle crashes, we remind motorcyclists to obey the posted speed limits, maintain proper control of their motorcycle, and to drive alcohol-free. Driving is a shared responsibility and I encourage all motorists to be considerate."

The Virginia Rider Training Program offers motorcycle classes for both beginning and experienced riders. Classes, taught by certified motorcycle safety instructors, are offered at community colleges and other locations throughout the state. For more information about the program, go to www.dmvNOW.com or call 804-497-7100.

If you operate a motorcycle in Virginia, you must hold a valid Class M designation on your driver's license, or have a driver's license restricted to the operation of a motorcycle, by passing the motorcycle knowledge exam and motorcycle road skills test. However, presenting a certificate of completion from the Virginia Rider Training Program exempts the rider from the exam and skills test requirements.

# # #

Back to Press Releases

More than 200 unique plates! Respect and rewards - Veterans ID cards for those who served. Apply today. More people die each year from traffic crashes than from violent crimes. Buckle Up! Virginias Secure Drivers Licenses and ID Cards - New secure card features Information for Mature Drivers
Peak Performance - Everyone, Everytime

Newsroom | Subscribe to DMV Web Feed Subscribe to DMV Web Feed  | Plug-Ins | Web Policy

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) 2013, All rights reserved.
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269

(804) 497-7100
At DMV, we are committed to protecting your privacy.
It is DMV's policy to only release your information to you.


Level A conformance icon, 
			W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0