The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is urging all motorists to stop distracted driving during April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
"Distracted driving is of great concern for motorcyclists as we simply have more at stake," MSF President Tim Buche said in a press release. "Riders are obviously more vulnerable than car or truck drivers, the ones with far more access to a variety of distractions. Most motorcyclists are focused on one thing: riding. Other motorists should be focused on driving."
More than 5,400 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2009, which was 16 percent of the total driving fatalities, according to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics cited by the MSF. Thirty states, the District of Columbia and Guam ban text messaging for all drivers.