Motorcycle Ohio Presents 'Saved by the Helmet Award'


For Immediate Release: September 16, 2021




(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Motorcycle Ohio, a division of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, will present Paul Smith of Gibsonburg a “Saved by the Helmet” award.  The award is given throughout the year to those who survive serious crashes while wearing a helmet.  On Sept. 18, 2020, Smith was involved in a serious crash. His helmet and proper riding gear saved his life.

Included in the presentation will be a certificate of recognition and a 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. 

WHAT: Motorcycle Ohio “Saved by the Helmet” Award presentation


Paul Smith, “Saved by the Helmet” Award recipient

Michele Piko, State Program Coordinator, Motorcycle Ohio

Larry Gnepper, Terra State University Motorcycle Ohio Program Coordinator

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Terra State University

2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont, OH 43420

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 objectives 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