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Motorcyclists to participate in 4th annual 'See Me, Save Me' campaign ride

Posted 7/9/2013   Updated 7/9/2013 Email story   Print story

    


Release Number: 020713

7/9/2013 - HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The base and surrounding communities are likely to see a large group of motorcyclists lined up and riding the streets July 11. The fourth annual See Me, Save Me campaign ride will stage at the Base Exchange parking lot (located on base), at 10:30 a.m., head out the Roy Gate at approximately 11 a.m., ride a circular route through local communities and finish at the Hill Aerospace Museum.

All off-base riders interested in joining the campaign ride may stage at the Hill Aerospace Museum at 10:45 a.m. and follow the group as it leaves the Roy Gate.

"The purpose the ride is to motivate motorists to take a second look, specifically for motorcyclists, and to share the road with the smaller traffic including bicyclists and pedestrians," said Allan Woods, Hill AFB's Motorcycle Safety Program manager. "In the past the ride has been very popular."

Local law enforcement and Utah Highway Patrol will provide escorts to ensure riders do not have to stop for lights during the ride. They will close intersections as the ride progresses.

According to a fatalities data analysis fact sheet on Utah's 'Zero Fatalities' campaign website (http://ut.zerofatalities.com/), 33 and 28 motorcycle-related fatalities occurred in 2012 and 2011 respectively. Woods said in each of those years, Hill AFB lost one of its own to a fatal motorcycle crash.

Woods said he hasn't lost any personal friends to a motorcycle accident, but he has lost acquaintances. As such, he encourages every motorcyclist to ride defensively and to make sure that motorists see them, not taking it for granted that just because they're in a motorists' line of sight that they're actually seen by the motorist.

He also urges motorcyclists to take refresher safety courses. In Utah, older motorcyclists are more often involved in fatal accidents, although it is those aged 20-23 who are most the highest age group involved in any type of accident, he said.

"We are never too old to become lifelong learners," Woods said. Motorcycle Safety Foundation training is normally offered several times a month by local vendors throughout the area. The Utah Department of Public Safety's website lists a number of rider skills training courses at http://publicsafety.utah.gov/highwaysafety/motorcycleridertraining.html.

Safety and risk management are a high priority for the base. The Hill Motorcycle Safety Program received accolades as one of the strongest programs in the Air Force in 2012.

If the ride is delayed or canceled due to inclement weather or for any other reason, information about the ride will be recorded 801-586-0782.

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Note for media representatives: Media interested in covering this event should contact Richard Essary, Hill AFB Public Affairs, at 801-777-2284 or richard.essary@hill.af.mil to coordinate access to the base. Please plan to arrive at the South Gate Visitor's Center by 10:15 a.m.



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