Wetumpka Police Lt. Robert Sliwowski and Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis with Leather and Lace Motorcycle Club, High Cotton Chapter, members Kim Cole and Kelly Taylor during the proclamation presentation for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Contributed photo
Wetumpka Police Lt. Robert Sliwowski and Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis with Leather and Lace Motorcycle Club, High Cotton Chapter, members Kim Cole and Kelly Taylor during the proclamation presentation for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Contributed photo

Mayor encourages motorcycle safety awareness

Published 11:41am Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis signed a proclamation May 1 declaring May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the city. He also encouraged citizens to “Share the Road,” by increasing public awareness of motorcycles and encouraging their safe and proper use among motorcycle riders.
Willis presented the following proclamation to members of the High Cotton Chapter of Leather and Lace Motorcycle Club:
“Whereas Alabama’s climate and scenery make motorcycle riding an attraction in the beautiful state of Alabama and riders consider our roadways to be some of the best for riding; and
“Whereas motorcycles are increasingly becoming a regular means of transportation, as they are energy-efficient and able to reduce fuel consumption, traffic and parking congestion; and
“Whereas, Alabama’s climate and scenery make motorcycle riding an attraction in this beautiful state, and the motorcycle has become an important form of transportation for commuting, touring and recreation; and
“Whereas, as a matter of safety, it is necessary to develop appropriate driving habits to handle these vehicles on Alabama roadways; and
“Whereas, to prevent injuries and deaths on Alabama’s roadways, motorcyclists and motorists must be vigilant in their efforts to share the road and ensure the safety of everyone; and
“Whereas, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month raises public awareness for safe motorcycle riding; and
“Whereas the High Cotton Chapter of the International Women’s Motorcycle Club, Leather and Lace MC, is committed to increasing the safe operation of motorcycles by promoting rider safety education programs; their goal is to raise awareness among motorists in Alabama.”
“One of our top priorities is to support motorcycle safety in our community,” said Kim Cole, Leather and Lace member.

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