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HCSO Celebrates May as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

05/03/2018

Media Event Scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hamilton County, TN – In recognition of May being proclaimed National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Indian of Chattanooga and Erlanger Medical Center’s Trauma Services Division to promote the importance of sharing the road and “Looking Twice” for motorcyclists.

The HCSO and our partners will host a press conference and event on Saturday, May 5th at 10:45 AM at the Indian of Chattanooga Dealership located at 4113 South Access Road. Several activities will follow throughout the day sponsored by the dealership and informational booths will be available with vendors for members of the community to learn more about motorcycle safety and safety related programs and insurance.

During the press conference, Sheriff Jim Hammond, John Crocket, Proprietor of Indian of Chattanooga, and Regena Young, Trauma and Outreach Coordinator for Erlanger Hospitals Trauma Services, will discuss the importance of motorcycle safety. Several local motorcycle groups will be participating and free food will be available to those who attend the event. Visitors will be able to see motors from the HCSO Traffic Division as well as various safety visual aids.

Interviews will be available with HCSO Traffic Division Staff, dealership representatives, Erlanger Trauma Services Staff, and several members of local motorcycle clubs. There will be several opportunities for B-Roll as well.

“As warmer weather approaches, we will start to see more motorcyclists frequenting our roads,” stated Sheriff Jim Hammond. “This makes May the perfect time of year to remind our community to ‘Look Twice’ for motorcycle riders.”

In 2017, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office worked a total of (35) motorcycle crashes, including (1) fatality. According to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, preliminary data reveals that statewide, Tennessee law enforcement agencies responded to 2,988 crashes involving a motorcycle in 2017. Of these crashes, Tennessee experienced 134 fatalities.

The press conference will be held indoors at the Indian of Chattanooga Showroom and the event will move forward rain or shine.

More statistics will be offered in the media packet for reporters who attend the event.

For more information about the Look Twice campaign or to learn more about motorcycle safety, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

For questions regarding this press event, please contact the HCSO Public Information Office at 423-994-3756 or via email at jlea@hcsheriff.gov.



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