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Bicycle, Motorcycle, Pedestrian Accident awareness a goal of new Florida program

Preventing motorcycle accidents and bicycle and pedestrian accidents is the aim of the “Give Others a Brake – Share the Road” campaign, launched this week by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Tragically, walking proved almost as deadly as riding a motorcycle in 2007. A total of 537 Florida motorcycle riders were killed in 2007, compared to 530 pedestrians.

Florida motorcycle deaths were the most in the nation in 2007. The “Give Others a Brake – Share the Road” program seeks to also remind motorists about pedestrians and bicyclists as the state heads in tourism season.

In Collier County, 120 bicyclists were injured or killed in accidents in 2007; in Lee County, 96 bicyclists were injured or killed in 2007; in Sarasota County 92 bicycle accidents caused injury or death.

“No single motorist or group of motorists has an inherent right to use the road more than any other individual or group,” said Col. John Czernis, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “The laws apply to everyone on the road, regardless of whether you are driving, walking or peddling.”

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