Motorcycle Ohio presents final ‘Saved By The Helmet’ award of 2022

This is a press release issued by the Ohio Department of Public Safety

Motorcycle Ohio, a division of the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, will present John Ayers of Conesville (Coshocton County) a “Saved by the Helmet” award.  The award is given throughout the year to those who survive serious crashes while wearing a helmet. On July 14, 2022, Ayers was riding northbound on State Route 26 in Washington County when he struck a deer which ran onto the roadway. Ayers lost control of his motorcycle and slid off the left side of the road. He was hospitalized with serious injuries, but his helmet likely saved his life.

Included in the presentation will be a certificate of recognition and new replacement helmet. Motorcycle Ohio hopes that acknowledging riders who wear protective gear will help to promote and increase awareness of the life-saving value of motorcycle helmets. 

Motorcycle Ohio “Saved by the Helmet” Award presentation

John Ayers, “Saved by the Helmet” Award recipient
Michele Piko, State Program Coordinator, Motorcycle Ohio

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022
2 p.m.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Zanesville Patrol Post
3760 East Pike
Zanesville, OH 43701

BACKGROUND: For more than 30 years, Motorcycle Ohio has provided Ohio’s riders the opportunity to improve their skills and make the roadways safer for all motorists. The state has over 400,000 registered motorcycles, 600,000 endorsed riders, and issues 40,000 motorcycle permits per year. When combining those numbers, this makes Ohio the fifth largest state in the union in total ridership. Funded by motorcycle plate fees and class registrations, Motorcycle Ohio’s objective is to provide affordable effective education programs to our stakeholders while promoting awareness to other road users. To learn more about Motorcycle Ohio please visit


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