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MI SOS Johnson drives motorcycle to create awareness

Posted: 10:41 AM, May 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-24 14:41:46Z

Michigan State Police say the number of people killed in motorcycle crashes has dropped from 2016 to 2017.

In Lansing on Thursday, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will be hitting the road.

Johnson is an avid motorcycle rider herself.

She will be giving motorcyclists and drivers a safety reminder as more bikes are out on the roads in the warm temperatures. She wants to remind all drivers to share the road safely.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.

In Michigan, the fastest growing segment of the population is residents age 65 and older. Statistics have shown riders in their 50s and 60s are involved in a disproportionate percentage of crashes that involve a motorcycle.

The event Thursday will highlight the importance of training before hitting the highways, and also examine the trends connected with "baby boomers" on bikes.

To help protect riders, motorists are advised to look carefully for motorcyclists, especially at intersections, when making left turns and when changing lanes.

This is happening at 9:30 a.m.; Secretary Johnson should arrive at the State Capitol around 10 AM.