CITY HALL--The Common Council recently approved a resolution establishing Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week in Milwaukee every year during the first week in May. The resolution, authored by Ald. Milele A. Coggs, was recommended for approval by the Council’s Public Safety Committee on October 3. The measure--co-sponsored by Aldermen Joe Davis, Sr., Jim Bohl, and Robert Puente--sets the inaugural Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week during the first week of May 2014. Coggs said she was moved by the family of Vinencia Dawson, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on June 30 of this year (family and friends of Dawson testified on the resolution at committee and were in attendance when the measure was approved). “I think it’s important to not only establish Milwaukee as a leader in motorcycle safety, education and awarenss, but to also do what we can to help save lives and increase safety on our streets and roadways,” Coggs said. “In Vinencia’s honor and in honor of other motorcycle accident victims, I am hopeful that Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week will help reduce the number of motocycle accidents in Milwaukee by emphasizing how critical it is for drivers to be aware at all times of motorcycles on the roadways and to also recognize the importance of motocycle operator and passenger safety,” the alderwoman said. “I would like to sincerely thank the Dawson family for their willingness to publicly push for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Week,” Coggs said. “I believe their wish to help create something positive for the community in the wake of the loss of their loved one, Vinencia, is truly admirable and worthy of our support.” According to the resolution, for the three year period of 2010-2012 there were 538 motocycle accidents in the city, including 14 fatal accidents. It also indicated that motocycle accidents have been on the rise in Wisconsin for the past several years.
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