Ohio Saved by the Helmet Award – November 9, 2021

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Recognition for Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycles are a great mode of transportation. However, unlike a traditional car which has a variety of safety features built-in, motorcyclists have to take their safety into their own hands by wearing protective gear. Without protective gear, almost any crash could become a fatal one.

With this in mind, Motorcycle Ohio, a division of the Ohio BMV presents an award to Ohio riders who have been involved in a serious motorcycle crash who survived the experience in large part to wearing their helmet. 

Award Recipients

  • On March 21, 2021,  Antony Styrt of Solon was wearing his helmet and proper protective riding gear when he was involved in a serious crash. He was ejected off of his bike at 70mph. He credits wearing his helmet and riding gear to saving his life.
  • On May 19, 2021, Richard Thompson II of Garfield Heights was involved in a serious crash. He credits the use of his helmet to saving his life.

As you can imagine, these situations were harrowing and could have easily resulted in a devastating ending.  But through the actions they took to keep themselves safe, they were able to make it home to their family and friends. Each of them received the “Saved by the Helmet” Award on November 9, 2021, which acknowledges their good decisions that kept them safe on the road. The “Saved by the Helmet” Award aims to increase awareness about the importance of wearing motorcycle helmets and appropriate riding gear.  As part of the award ceremony, the riders were also given brand new helmets! 

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