SOS Express News from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

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Johnson drives home the message of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

It's May and Ruth Johnson, Michigan's motorcycling Secretary of State, rode a gleaming Harley-Davidson Sportster to spread the word about motorcycle safety and the importance of sharing the road.

Johnson kicked off May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month on May 1 by riding with a cadre of motorcyclists to a news conference at the MotorCity Harley-Davidson dealership in Farmington Hills.

"Eighty percent of motorcycle crashes result in injury or worse for the motorcyclist," said Johnson, who was one of the first women in Oakland County to receive a motorcycle endorsement. "That is why sharing the road safely is so important. Motorists are encouraged to look twice for motorcycles. Motorcyclists are urged to get trained, get endorsed and wear the proper safety gear."


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Detroit River kayak trip promotes Recreation Passport,

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, in Detroit on April 25 visiting two Secretary of State branch offices, took the opportunity to kayak in the Detroit River around Belle Isle Park to highlight online services at and the state's Recreation Passport.

"This is a Pure Michigan day and a great opportunity to bring attention to the types of opportunities the Recreation Passport can bring, including the state's newest state park at Belle Isle," Johnson said. "The Recreation Passport is only $11 and is available at our branch offices or online at when renewing your tabs." 

Johnson is an avid kayaker and owns the kayak she used for the trip. The boat is powered by pedals or paddles and is also outfitted with a sail. The sail features advertising for and the boat has decals promoting the Pure Michigan license plate, Michigan's Recreation Passport, organ donation and Johnson's OPERATION: OUR TROOPS COUNT initiative.


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Bicycle safety tips

MDOT and the Secretary of State have teamed up to offer bicycle safety tips in this YouTube video. Check it out!

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SOS support for sobriety courts

Secretary Johnson, Eaton County District Court Judge Harvey Hoffman and legislators participated in a news conference held by the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals on April 30 at the state Capitol. 

Johnson spoke in support of DWI/Sobriety Courts and the ignition interlock device that is used to prevent impaired drivers from operating their vehicles.

Results of a study were announced at the event that indicate 9 out of 10 people complete the sobriety court program successfully in Michigan. 

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Food banks need help year round

Food banks across the state need help every day of the year feeding the hungry. Find one near you using this map from the Food Bank Council of Michigan.