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With more motorcycles on the road, keep safety in mind

July 1, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

State Police say the number of motorcycle accidents in our area is on the rise. You may remember two deadly accidents that happened last Friday. State Police say 59-year-old Ralph Carroll, Sr. was killed when a car turned in front of his motorcycle on Route 220 in Henry County.

Then there was a second deadly motorcycle accident on the same day, which shut down part of Interstate 81. State Police say a motorcycle rider was merging on I-81 from I-77 in Wytheville, when it ran off the road and crashed.

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Training by military helps cut cycle deaths

September 8, 2008 by · Comments Off on Training by military helps cut cycle deaths 

The November death of an active-duty senior airman on the James River Bridge illustrated two trends that alarmed Virginia’s road safety experts: Increasing numbers of motorcyclists were being killed, and a significant number were ridden by service members.

Nine months later, the Virginia State Police think a tougher enforcement campaign and increased courses for military personnel have helped reduce the number of fatal motorcycle accidents. Through Aug. 22, there were 54 motorcycle fatalities in Virginia, compared with 78 in the same period last year.

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Gas prices drive cycle popularity

July 23, 2008 by · Comments Off on Gas prices drive cycle popularity 

While there may not be a direct correlation between escalating gas prices and the popularity of motorcycles, there is no doubt that the number of riders is on the rise.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the number of motorcycle registrations in Virginia has jumped from 59,925 in 1994 to 151,914 in 2006.

The number of accidents statewide has also jumped dramatically, and motorcycle fatalities have climbed from less than 50 in 1994 to 126 last year.

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Staying safe on your motorcycle

July 2, 2008 by · Comments Off on Staying safe on your motorcycle 

As gas prices rise, so do the sale of motorcycles. Now DMV officials say motorcycle accidents are up more than 40% since 2006. They say a lot of those accidents are because of inexperience, but you do have some simple options that will help you buy a bike…and live to spend the money it can help you save.

They’re beautiful machines but if not driven properly, they can end up in an ugly and terrifying scene.

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