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New Road Signs Aimed at Motorcycle Safety

Texas motorcyclists will begin seeing new signs on roadways in various parts of the state. The signs are being placed in areas particularly dangerous to motorcyclists. The first signs will be placed in Real County along the Three Sisters Loop, a popular scenic route for motorcycle enthusiasts. The loop is also home to a motorcycle rally that occurs in November.

The campaign is geared toward motorcyclists in this region, encouraging them to "Stay Alert, Save a Life" as they travel through this stretch of highway. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) focused their initial efforts here because 14 motorcyclists have died along this route since 2006. While minor improvements have made travel safer, full-scale changes are impossible because of the terrain.

The road goes through a mountainous area, and it is difficult to make any substantial changes to improve traffic flow. The highway is notorious for its demanding curves and steep grade. The high drop-offs that accompany many of the curves provide for beautiful scenery, but also demand that riders pay complete attention.

If the signs prove to be successful, officials will look into placing them in other high-traffic motorcycle areas. Texas has seen an increase in the amount of motorcyclists taking to its roadways, and wants to be proactive in its promotion of motorcycle safety. According to the TxDOT, fatal motorcycle accidents decreased 19 percent in the state last year. While the decrease is encouraging, officials are focused on eliminating motorcycle accidents altogether.

In 2011, TxDOT will introduce a new "Share the Road" campaign, aimed at educating drivers and motorcyclists on how to help each other cut down on the number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities.

Related Resource: Texas DOT "TxDot to Install Motorcycle Signs on Scenic Route"

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