The month of May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. The more beautiful the weather the more El Paso bikers will be cruising the street. It’s important to always be alert and look out for them so that everyone can stay safe.
The Texas Department of Transportation will be launching a Look Twice Share the Road campaign in the month of May to remind everyone that motorcycles can be hard to see.
TxDOT said it’s easy to get distracted while driving and wants to remind everyone to look twice before changing lanes and to use turn signals.
“Be aware of your surroundings motorcyclists are always in your blind spot you very seldom see them but I mean that’s why a lot of motorcyclists like loud pipes so that you could be heard instead of seen,” said Albert Buchberg, an El Paso motorcyclist.
El Paso biker Aldo Luna encourages everyone to be safe year round not just in May. Back in 2006, Luna was on his way to Austin when he was involved in a motorcycle accident. The person who hit him wasn’t wearing his glasses and says that he never saw him.
“He never saw me he was turning into another street and because he didn’t have glasses he took me out at 55 mph,” said Luna.
This happened before former Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the motorcyclist safety and share the road campaign in 2009. This act created repercussions much greater for drivers who are at fault in a motorcycle accident.
“I actually did lose my life they brought me back they airlifted me to dripping springs to Austin and that’s where they put me back together so I’m all full of metal,” said Luna.
If you are interested in learning more about motorcycle safety TxDOT will hold an event on Friday, May 3 at Southwest University Park. You can have a chance to see what it’s like to ride a motorcycle in traffic in a 360-degree virtual reality simulation of traffic scenarios.