Poloncarz, officials promote motorcycle safety

Posted at 1:22 PM, May 07, 2016

Saturday morning, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined in front of County Hall by Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, elected officials, community members, and officials from the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education of NY Buffalo-Erie Chapter to start the motorcycle season with a call for increased safety and awareness.

“More motorcycles are on the road each year, and more drivers in general. It’s always a good idea to practice good driving skills, especially as warm weather approaches, and be aware of road conditions and other drivers sharing the road,” said Poloncarz.

American Bikers Aimed Toward Education has 25 chapters across New York state dedicated to promoting motorcycle safety, awareness and education.

“There are currently over 21,000 registered motorcycles in Erie County alone, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of motorists who travel on our roads throughout spring and summer season,” said Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, with increased ridership and more bikes on the road. “In this era of distracted driving, all motorists must be aware of their vehicle’s blind spots and alert to the presence of motorcycles so we can share the roadways together safely" Jacobs added.

For more information:

On ABATE of Buffalo-Erie, visit  www.buffaloerieabate.com

On the NYS Motorcycle Safety Program, visit  www.nysmsp.org