Insurance Industry Involvement
Enforcement & Adjudication
Traffic Safety Community
TO GET THERE
Judicial and law enforcement agencies and associations should work
together to promote motorcycle safety. Law enforcement agencies
should involve themselves at all levels of state motorcycle safety
programs to better understand the needs and aims of those programs.
By coordinating with motorcycle safety organizations and working
with other traffic safety groups that already work on motorcycle
safety (e.g., AAMVA, MSF, NAGHSR, NHTSA, SMSA), law enforcement
and judicial groups could become more aware of and involved in relevant
motorcycle safety issues.
There should be a concerted effort to inform and educate law
enforcement officers and administrators about other programs designed
to address motorcycle safety. Areas to cover include:
Existing materialssuch as NHTSA cue cards with indicators
for detecting impaired motorcyclists that differ from those of
other impaired motoristsshould be widely distributed and
Law enforcement officers need the proper tools to fairly
and effectively enforce helmet-use laws where applicable (see
Equipment, page 27), such as information on how to
differentiate FMVSS 218 compliant helmets from non-compliant helmets.
Motorists who violate motorcyclists right-of-way
should face legal consequences at least as great as if they had
violated an automobile operators right-of-way. The public
should be educated about the danger of overlooking a motorcyclist
and the serious legal penalties for doing so.
Motorcycle crash experts should be available as a resource
for police crash investigators to aid in accurate analysis of
motorcycle crashes (see Conveying
Research Information to Users, page 13).