Officials kickoff Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are kicking off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Nashville on Friday.

Officials are hosting a press event that will feature a motorcycle crash survivor and the director of trauma outreach and education at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Over the last decade, officials say motorcycle fatalities have increased nearly 25 percent in Tennessee. In 2014, there were 2,710 crashes involving a motorcycle across the state.

During the recent legislative session, a measure to remove the helmet requirement for all adult motorcyclists in the state failed once again.

However, legislation did pass that would allow Tennessee motorcyclists to ride without helmets in parades and funeral processions.

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