DMV Launches New Sharing the Road Safety Video

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122
Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Public Affairs

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May 12, 2010


Sacramento – In connection with Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May,the Department of Motor Vehicles today released a new safety video, “Sharing the Road with Motorcycles and Bicycles,” which illustrates safety tips and information for all motorists.

"Spring brings better weather and more motorcycle and bicycle riders," said DMV Director George Valverde. "This video is an invaluable tool designed so that all motorists and bicyclists share the road responsibly and safely."

The new, 5 ½--minute video, available on the DMV YouTube channel, features various safe driving tips and situations to avoid on the roadway. Some of the more popular tips include checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections; merging into traffic, avoiding hazards, and generally being a more attentive driver.

California has seen the number of registered motorcycles double over the past 10 years to more than 800,000 as of January 2010.

Additional safety tips are provided by the California Highway Patrol and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The video can be viewed at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/video or www.youTube.com/CaliforniaDMV. DVDs of the video are also available upon request.

Motorcycle safety is a specific challenge area within the State Highway Safety Plan, a collaborative effort involving more than 80 state, federal, county, and local government agencies, as well as numerous advocacy groups, businesses, community organizations and individuals. The Plan has the goal of significantly reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from traffic safety crashes.


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