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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah State University student whose rescue from a fiery motorcycle crash was watched around the world joined with Utah law enforcement agencies Wednesday to emphasize motorcycle safety.
Brandon Wright is still recovering from the September 2011 crash that left him pinned under a burning car. A group of bystanders who witnessed the accident gathered around the car, lifted it up and pulled Wright to safety.
Wright was the keynote speaker at the Utah Department of Public Safety's announcement of the fifth annual "Drive Aware. Ride Aware" campaign. It's goal is to educate and encourage both motorcyclists and motorists to share the road and to recognize each other while driving.
"It's a two-way street," Wright said. The cars have to watch out for bikes, but the bikes also have to ride with respect for the road and follow the rules — which it's way to easy to break the rules on a motorcycle."
Wright said a lack driver and motorcyclist seeing one another is what caused his accident, and aims to be a more alert biker from here on out.
"When I'm back on two wheels, I will be taking a motorcycle safety course," Wright said.
Utah is declaring May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in an effort to increase awareness of motorcycles and to reduce crashes. Last year, there were 28 motorcyclists killed in accidents; and this year, there have already been four victims.