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PROCLAMATION <br />Motorcycle Awareness Month <br />May 2014 <br />WHEREAS, Tens of thousands of Washington motorcyclists travel the roads, streets, and <br />highways of the Evergreen State in their regular work and school commutes, and in their <br />weekend adventures and vacation rides; and <br />WHEREAS, motorcycles are fuel efficient, reduce urban traffic and parking congestion, and <br />tread lightly on the overworked road system and transportation infrastructure for which they help <br />provide funding; and <br />WHEREAS, our state and nation are world leaders in motorcycle safety and licensing, and in <br />rider training and public awareness; and <br />WHEREAS, the vast majority of the members of the motorcycling community are genuinely <br />committed to upholding safe and sane policies and procedures for themselves and their <br />passengers, and certainly also for their fellow motorists with whom they share the highways and <br />roads of our state; and <br />WHEREAS, the motorcycle is an important and economical mode of transportation involving <br />such activities as commuting, touring and recreation, and agriculture; and <br />WHEREAS, since motorcycles lack the protective armor of trucks and automobiles which <br />increases the risk of serious accidental injury and death for motorcyclists, all motorists need to <br />operate with caution near motorcycles; and <br />WHEREAS, the month of May enjoys special status as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month at <br />the national and state level; and <br />WHEREAS, it is appropriate to set aside a time to alert motorists to the number of motorcyclists <br />on the road and to help motorcyclists become aware of the ways they can promote safety; <br />NOW, THEREFORE, the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners do hereby proclaim the <br />month of May 2014, to be <br />MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH <br />