THE TYLER INITIATIVE
for motorcycle safety & awareness
"TELLING YOUTH LEADS TO EDUCATED RIDERS"
The TYLER Initiative was created to bring awareness to a very serious problem that is hurting and killing our teens and young adult motorcycle riders. It seems so obvious that a motorcycle, sports bike or supersport capable of traveling at 150... 200... 250 miles per hour should not be driven by anyone without experience, especially teens as young as 16 year old. Sadly, young people are suffering critical injuries and dying every day on these bikes. My son was one of them.
With just over two years driving experience, 21 year old Tyler Smith died while driving a 600cc sports bike. Since his tragic motorcycle accident -- thanks to the unwavering support and assistance from the incredible team at www.DoriSavesLives.org -- I have been speaking at high schools to bring awareness to young motorcycle enthusiasts, as well as parents, teachers and lawmakers, about the dangers young riders face on the road.
Without adequate experience and training, motorcyclists traveling at high rates of speed have been victim to hundreds of deaths each year on South Florida roads, and thousands of deaths per year nationwide.
Florida's current motorcycle endorsement policy allows any person age 16 and older, after successfully completing a 12 hour basic riding course, to drive any motorcycle, sports bike or supersport.
Moreover, "there are currently no passenger age restriction laws." If a child wears a helmet and there is a seat on the back of the motorcycle, he/she can legally be a passenger. In other words, nothing prevents a toddler from riding on the back of any motorcycle in Florida.
Despite safety laws for automobile drivers that include the use of seat belts and booster seats for young children, motorcycles are not equipped with any safety device or structure that could help prevent injury in an accident. Without seat belts, airbags, or a "cage," the biker is unprotected. For this reason, education, experience, safety precautions and awareness are paramount for the motorcyclists, as well as car and truck drivers, on the road. Even when bikers do everything right, car drivers who are distracted or careless cause accidents that can easily lead to serious injuries and fatalities of the biker(s).
As popularity of sport and supersport bikes continues to rise among teens and young adults, accidents resulting in serious injury or death are also occurring more frequently.
The TYLER Initiative empowers teens and young adults to make better choices on the road, and encourages experience and advanced training before riding powerful sportbikes and supersports.
Riding a motorcycle is not "safe," but The TYLER Initiative encourages bikers to Ride Safer.
Reduce preventable motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries by sharing real-life stories and consequences of poor decisions on the road to encourage teens to adopt safe motorcycle driving habits early on
Create a new standard for the way teens and young adults are taught about motorcycle safety and awareness
Rally support of lawmakers to enact a much-needed graduated motorcycle endorsement policy before inexperienced motorcycle riders are allowed to drive sport bikes / racing bikes / "crotch-rockets"
Establish a state-wide motorcycle traffic school designed specifically for motorcycle infractions to educate and empower motorcyclists to adopt safer riding habits
Urge lawmakers to enact a minimum age requirement for motorcycle passengers
The TYLER Initiative is named for Lori Smith's 21 year old son who was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on July 19, 2014. Tyler was driving a powerful sports bike capable of reaching speeds over 150 MPH. Other supersports, accessible by anyone with a motorcycle endorsement, can travel in excess of 250 MPH (half the speed of a commercial jet.) Lori shares the story of Tyler's tragic death to educate teens and young adults about motorcycle safety and awareness. Tyler's name now serves as the acronym: TellingYouthLeads to EducatedRiders Our goal is to encourage safer behavior on the road so our beloved motorcycle enthusiasts live to ride another day. This site is dedicated to the memory of Tyler Allen Smith and the thousands of riders who have lost their lives while doing what they love most.