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Va. motorcycle deaths decline

July 28, 2008 by · Comments Off on Va. motorcycle deaths decline 

RICHMOND, Va. – After motorcycle deaths reached a 10-year high last year, Virginia officials have made safety a priority for 2008.

Those efforts look like they’re paying off.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reported preliminary numbers showing that half as many people died while riding motorcycles in the first five months of 2008 compared to the same time last year.

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Moped, Scooter Riders Urged To Use Caution, Follow Laws

July 24, 2008 by · Comments Off on Moped, Scooter Riders Urged To Use Caution, Follow Laws 

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Hot weather and high gas prices are causing drivers to turn to more fuel-friendly modes of transportation, but police are warning motorists to be careful with their new rides.

Fairfax police said more drivers with different experience levels are traveling by moped, scooter and motorcycle, creating safety concerns as small vehicles share the road with larger cars.

The Fairfax Police Department released a new educational brochure for operators of small vehicles.

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July 23, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

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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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Fun, fuel savings make motorcycles the ride of choice for some

July 17, 2008 by · Comments Off on Fun, fuel savings make motorcycles the ride of choice for some 

Winchester — For Debbie Orndorff, one of the best things about riding a motorcycle is feeling in control.

“It’s just you and the road,” the local resident said. “I like the open part about the motorcycle.”

Orndorff, who works at Grove’s Winchester Harley-Davidson off U.S. 50 (Millwood Pike) east of the city, said she started riding in 1993. Her husband is also a motorcycle enthusiast.

Like many of the dealership’s employees, Orndorff rides her motorcycle to work often, especially in the summer when the weather is warm and gas prices are high.

“It can save you money on gas,” she said.

Orndorff was among thousands across the country who rode their motorcycles to work Wednesday as part of Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day.

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08NR11 – MRF News Release – US House Holds Highway Safety Hearing

July 17, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing Wednesday July 16th regarding the status of all of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) highway safety programs including motorcycle safety and the importance of federal funding in supporting safety education across the country. The hearing also focused on van and tire safety, impaired
driving, and strategic safety plans amongst others. Testifying on behalf of the MRF was Senator Robert Letourneau. Others who testified included NHTSA official Jim Ports, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), AAA, and MADD.

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Bikers: Take training … or else

July 16, 2008 by · Comments Off on Bikers: Take training … or else 

NORFOLK, Va. — Blowing off safety training can land motorcycle-borne sailors and Marines in serious trouble, from administrative action to separation.

The crackdown on motorcycle safety comes as the fleet’s motorcycle fatalities for the current fiscal year, 21, already have exceeded last year’s total by three.

Recent updates to the Navy Traffic Safety Program emphasize fleet leaders’ concern over accidents on the road. Under the program, the Navy requires increased safety training and will hold commands responsible for ensuring its sailors know how to stay accident-free.

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Va. aims to cut down on motorcycle deaths

July 15, 2008 by · Comments Off on Va. aims to cut down on motorcycle deaths 

RICHMOND, Va. – With the number of motorcycle-related deaths sharply on the rise, Virginia officials are looking to improve safety.

The state will launch a program called Motorcycle 411 at its motorcycle training range in Richmond on Tuesday.

The event coincides with national Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day.

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