WHEREAS, with more than 572,000 licensed motorcycle operators in Michigan, motorcycle safety education and training is extremely vital in our state; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of State's Motorcycle Safety Program uses safety standards established by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to ensure consistent and comprehensive training for all motorcycle operators; and,
WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of all motorcycle operators to ensure they have the proper skills, training and education in order to keep our roads safe; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of motorcycle operator education training and programs, and we encourage all drivers in the Great Lakes State to drive defensively and cautiously in order to reduce motor vehicle collisions and save lives;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2013 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Michigan.