Ohio State Highway Patrol
Media Release


General Headquarters — Columbus, Ohio


For Immediate ReleaseJune 6, 2007
Contact: OSHP - Lt. Tony Bradshaw 614) 752-2792
American Motorcyclist Association - Imre Szauter (614) 856-1900

Safe riding begins with pre-ride checks and good judgment

COLUMBUS – Safe motorcycling starts even before the ride begins. Riding a motorcycle takes coordination, balance, and, most important, good judgment. By taking just a few moments to conduct a pre-ride check of your motorcycle before you ride and choosing not to consume alcohol, you can increase the chances that nothing will go wrong while you are on the road.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), and Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Ohio office recommend riders follow the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s “T-CLOCS” pre-ride checklist (see http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/T-CLOCSInspectionChecklist.pdf) to help make every ride safer:

Alcohol and motorcycles don’t mix. As motorcyclists begin riding this season, here are some points to consider from AMA’s national Ride Straight alcohol awareness program:

The goal of Ride Smart. Drive Smart. is to help motorcyclists and other drivers share the road safely. Three key safety awareness themes to achieve this goal are:

1. Ride Trained (including knowing proper safety gear to wear)/Ride Licensed;
2. Ride Sober (incorporating the AMA’s national Ride Straight program); and
3. Other drivers, be aware by looking out for motorcyclists.

For more information on Ride Smart. Drive Smart. visit www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/motorcycle.htm.

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