P.O. Box 160
Contact: Mike Horan
RELEASE: June 18, 2007
MVC Launches www.njridesafe.org
As part of the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) campaign to draw attention to and provide information for the thousands of motorcycle riders traveling New Jersey roadways, the MVC launched www.njridesafe.org, a Web site dedicated to assisting New Jersey riders.
The Web site was designed to provide customers with instant access to the Motorcycle Safety Education Program and other important rider information. The Web site includes everything from licensing and registration information to safety tips to details on rider training and testing.
The Web site launch is part of a month-long campaign aimed at increasing public awareness of how to avoid accidents with motorcycles. On May 30, 2007 Chief Administrator Sharon A. Harrington kicked off the campaign recognizing June as New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Month at one of the MVC’s Motorcycle Safety Education Program rider training sites. The campaign is funded through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) federal grant obtained through the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (DHTS).
“This Web site will provide riders with easy access to information they need to keep them safe on the road,” Harrington said. “The MVC is fully committed to keeping all of the state’s motorists as safe as possible when they are out on the road. We not only want to ensure that riders are well-prepared to handle their bikes, but we also want to urge the public to be conscious of motorcycles when traveling the roadways.”
Www.njridesafe.org also highlights the MVC’s highly successful Motorcycle Safety Education Program, which provides motorcycle riders with the skills and knowledge necessary for safe riding through basic and experienced rider courses. The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is intended for new riders or those who have taken an extended break from riding. Through the BRC, riders are taught basic maneuvers and learn how to safely operate a motorcycle. Upon completion of the course, participants are granted a motorcycle license or endorsement. The Experienced Rider Course (ERC) is designed for those who already have a grasp of operating a motorcycle, but want to sharpen their skills. Riders who complete the ERC will have two points removed from their driving record. The MVC offers the courses in Sea Girt and in Egg Harbor Township at the Anthony Canale Training Center. The MVC also has agreements with several private providers throughout the state to offer the courses.
Along with the new Web site, public awareness efforts include the use of billboards, PSA sponsorships of Shadow Traffic Reports and toll booth signs touting the message “Be Alert. Watch for Motorcycles.” In total, 10 billboards, 20 announcer-read radio spots and approximately 240 toll booth signs will serve as a reminder to the state’s motorists that they should constantly be aware of motorcycle riders when on the road.
According to the latest statistics, the total number of motorcycle fatalities nationally has steadily risen since 1997, while the total number of injuries has increased since 1998. In New Jersey alone, from 2001 to 2005, 324 people were killed in motorcycle accidents. In addition, more than half of all accidents between passenger vehicles and motorcycles occur at intersections, while more than two-thirds occur when the driver does not see the motorcycle.
“The statistics speak for themselves. There are far too many accidents and fatalities occurring between passenger vehicles and motorcycles,” Harrington added. “It’s important that both riders and drivers remain aware on the road and that they share the roadways responsibly.”