May is the National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and state officials are doing their best to promote motorcycle safety as the number of accidents and deaths have increased on Tennessee roads.
By state law, motorcyclists and their passengers are required wear helmets. However, 38 motorcyclist have died so far this year, up by 31 percent compared to 2011. According to Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee’s unseasonably warm weather may be to blame for the increase.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiative is aimed at spreading awareness to other motorists to be cautious of motorcyclists and to “share the road.” It also stresses the increased risk of fatal accidents for intoxicated motorcyclists.