Currently, states that receive federal highway safety funding, and wish to use these on motorcycle safety issues, have very limited avenues in which they can spend this money. For instance, they can spend the funds only on motorcycle training, public education awareness, and a few other strategies. However, the Government Accountability Office recommends that states be given greater flexibility to decide what they want to do with these funds.
According to the Government Accountability Office, states that receive federal highway safety funding should be able to use these funds in a variety of avenues that will help them enhance their motorcycle safety efforts. Currently, states have limited options on how they can use these funds.
The Government Accountability Office recommends that states be allowed to use their funds to develop specific and strategic motorcycle safety plans, and support motorcycle advisory committees. States must also be allowed to use the funds to support and promote the use of helmets. There are several studies that prove that helmeted motorcyclists have a much lower risk of suffering serious or fatal brain injuries in an accident compared to non-helmeted motorcyclists. Promoting helmet use, therefore, is one of the more effective strategies to promote motorcycle safety.
The Government Accountability Office also recommends that federal safety funds be used to enhance campaigns that are aimed at reducing the number of motorcyclists driving under the influence of alcohol, or distracted while riding a motorcycle, or riding a motorcycle at excessive speeds. The Government Accountability Office is also calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to research motorcycle conspicuity, or how to make motorcyclists more visible to motorists.
The Government Accountability Office’s recommendations are supported by motorcycle accident lawyers who believe that it is important that states be allowed to implement broader-ranging motorcycle safety campaigns.
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