by Michael Fischer
14th Flying Training Wing Safety Office
For the past four years, Columbus Air Force Base has promoted a “See Me… Save Me” driver awareness campaign. “See Me” is a reminder that many members of Columbus AFB ride motorcycles. They are
our co-workers, bosses, commanders, enlisted, officer Airmen and civilians.
They are spouses, parents, coaches and students riding throughout the Golden Triangle Region.
The month of May is Motorcycle Safety Month, but a better way to think of it is, “Driver Awareness Month.” In nearly 75 percent of all motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, the driver of the car claims to have not seen the motorcyclist.
A motorcycle rider can have all of the proper personal protective equipment on, be fully trained to search and evaluate hazards and road conditions and have been mentored by peers and experienced riders, but if the person in the car doesn’t see them, it often spells danger for the motorcyclist. In the Air Force the numbers are sobering: one in 10 riders involved in an accident will not survive the encounter.
“Save Me” is a reminder to look twice for motorcycles on the road, especially while changing lanes, entering the traffic flow and exiting parking lots.
Already, local community member are engaged in the “See Me…Save Me” campaign. Local business owners have partnered with Columbus AFB and to display messages and signs along Highway 45 and around Columbus during the month of May. Public Service Announcements, produced by WCBI, will be aired throughout the month to remind those that drive to look twice for motorcyclists.
How can you help? By spreading the word to all your friends and family members, reminding them to not just look for motorcyclists, but to “See” them.
In addition, the Columbus AFB Safety Office has more “See me.Save me” yard signs avaible. Interested businesses or community members can call the Columbus AFB safety office at 434-2528 to coordinate pickup.
It is important to understand that motorcycle riders are trained to look for potential hazards while riding, and to be constantly vigilant of the drivers around them. They have to be… their life depends on it!
So the next time you are entering an intersection, pulling out of a parking lot, or changing lanes, take that second look at your surroundings to ensure you are doing your part to keep our motorcycles riders safe… See Me…Save Me!