The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Motorcycle Safety Program

January 2003

INTRODUCTION

RECENT TRENDS

NHTSA’S KNOWLEDGE BASE

NHTSA’S MOTORCYCLE SAFETY PROGRAM

CRASH PREVENTION

INJURY MITIGATION

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

CONCLUSION

REFERENCE

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V.  CONCLUSION

NHTSA’s Motorcycle Safety Program promotes the Department of Transportation’s highest priority – safe transportation. It includes only brief synopses of the many activities the agency will pursue in reducing the number of motorcycle crashes and the fatalities and injuries associated with these devastating incidents. The problem of motorcycle fatalities and injuries is not NHTSA’s alone to solve. States, local jurisdictions, national organizations and individuals each have the responsibility for ensuring motorcycle safety. NHTSA’s program focuses on crash prevention, which is the area that has the greatest potential to offer a safety payoff for motorcyclists but also addresses the areas of injury mitigation and emergency response. Personal protection is the best weapon against injury mitigation when a crash does occur, followed by rapid emergency response.

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