When you’re driving your vehicle down the road, enjoying a nice motorcycle ride or riding a bicycle, what do you think about?
If you are like most Arizonans, your mind might be focused on work matters, the upcoming weekend, the song being played, or maybe a phone call from home.
We’ve all had the experience.
But when we do have our mind anywhere other than the road, that means we are driving a machine, distracted.
Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation, several corporations, state leaders, small businesses and nonprofits have joined together with the goal of turning the tide on Arizona’s distracted driving statistics and encouraging positive outcomes.
AMSAF is a voice for Share the Road, a statewide public awareness effort aimed at focusing Arizona motorists on the critical need to be undistracted when driving and to provide scholarships, as well as train motorcyclists how to ride more defensively.
This multi-pronged movement, which is geared to reduce the number of rider and driver crashes and fatalities on Arizona roads, is supported and promoted by the Arizona governor, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, AMSAF, Dignity Health (Chandler Regional Medical Center), Arizona Trauma Association, Law Tigers, RideNow, Rosenbluth Family Charitable Foundation and other interested businesses and organizations that have employees and family members who use our roadways. Because, at the end of the day, we are responsible for one another.
So, when you are traversing Arizona’s roadways, think twice about what is in front, behind and around you at all times.
If you own a business or just want to make a difference for Arizonans, join us. AMSAF’s unique program continues to expand awareness with the long-term goal of reducing distracted driving and providing reduced cost motorcycle training.
Editor’s note: Mick Degn is the executive director of Peoria-based Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation. He can be reached at 888-951-3731.