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10 killed on Virginia roads over Memorial Day weekend

June 1, 2010 by · Comments Off on 10 killed on Virginia roads over Memorial Day weekend 

RICHMOND – State Police say ten people were killed on Virginia roads during the Memorial Day weekend.

Troopers tell us that three of the deaths were motorcycle riders, including one man who hit a deer in Clarke County.

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SPCA Motorcycle Cruise for Critters – May 15, 2010

May 12, 2010 by · Comments Off on SPCA Motorcycle Cruise for Critters – May 15, 2010 

Motorcycle Cruise for Critters
Saturday, May 15
Rain date: Sunday, May 16
8:00-9:00 a.m.: Register at Fashion Square Mall parking lot
Free breakfast by Chick-fil-A at Fashion Square Mall
All proceeds benefit animal care at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
$10/bike, no extra fee for passenger (unless extra poker hand wanted)
All motorcycle makes invited – 50/50 Raffle – Prizes from local businesses
Contact: Chris Roberson at SPCA, (434) 964-3305 or croberson@caspca.org

Motorcyclist Deaths on the Rise

May 7, 2010 by · Comments Off on Motorcyclist Deaths on the Rise 

If you are getting married or graduating this weekend, congratulations! You have won the weather lottery. The forecast is nothing short of perfect: Sunny, clear skies, and temperatures will be in the upper-to-mid 60s. Classic spring.

The good weather is likely to draw more motorcyclists to the highway. If you do ride this weekend, be careful. Since the beginning of 2010, 19 motorcyclists have died in vehicle crashes in Virginia, a 27 percent increase in motorcyclist deaths from the same 5-month period in 2009.

This rise seems especially ominous since no one was driving anywhere for a week or so in February 2010.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles was concerned enough to put out a statement on the latest numbers, encouraging motorcyclists to take safety precautions.

“Riding a motorcycle requires extra caution and concentration, and the proper training,” said John Saunders, director of the Virginia DMV Highway Safety Office. “Helmets, eye protection and the right protective clothing – coupled with training – can make motorcycle riding a fun and exciting experience.”

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Focusing on Motorcycle Safety and Traffic Law Enforcement

April 19, 2010 by · Comments Off on Focusing on Motorcycle Safety and Traffic Law Enforcement 

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway Safety Office announced Friday that select law enforcement agencies across Virginia will focus on the safety of motorcycle riders through strict enforcement of all traffic laws.

As part of a statewide effort, on the weekend of April 17 and 18, law enforcement will conduct enhanced efforts on speeding, improper licensure, drinking and riding, and other infractions that are major risks to the safety of motorcyclists

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Spring Motorcycle Safety Reminder

April 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on Spring Motorcycle Safety Reminder 

Within the past 11 days 6 motorcyclists have lost their lives in traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways. The number of motorcycles on the roads traditionally increases in the spring months.

“As the spring weather entices more people to take to the roads to enjoy the warm temperatures and scenery, we remind everyone to be more aware of other motorists,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “It’s easy to become distracted when enjoying the views Virginia has to offer this time of year. However, the driver’s primary focus must be on the road in order to keep our highways as safe as possible for everyone’s sake.”

SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVERS & RIDERS:

  • Drivers are reminded to be on alert for motorcycles, especially when pulling out into or across traffic, and when changing lanes.
  • Riders are encouraged to wear proper riding gear and take advantage of motorcycle training safety courses (available through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/citizen/drivers/m_course.asp).
  • All motorists are advised to comply with speed limits, avoid tailgating, use signals when appropriate, and be courteous and responsible when sharing the road with one another.

From the VA State Police.

Beach bike event helps those who help others

April 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on Beach bike event helps those who help others 

VIRGINIA BEACH – Motorcycle enthusiasts at Knuckleheads Roadhouse are all revved up to help those who help us — first responders who serve and protect and keep us safe.

They’re using the 14th Annual Virginia Beach Bike Classic to raise money for “Vigilant Watch”, a non-profit group that raises money for first responders and their families during times of great distress. It was started by Joe Long and Wayne Sandlin, two long-time firefighters.

Full Story here…

Greason Wants to Give Two-Wheelers Green Light to Run Red Lights

January 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

First-Year Delegate Says Legislation is Meant to Keep Bikers Safe

First-year delegate, Thomas “Tag” Greason (R-eastern Loudoun), has introduced legislation in Virginia’s General Assembly that would allow those riding two-wheeled vehicles to pass through red traffic lights.

Greason said the idea for the bill arose in December after noticing that large amounts of snow piled at intersections prevented vehicles from triggering sensors that activate green traffic signals. Seeing this, he figured the issue likely posed even more of a hassle for smaller vehicles, like motorcycles. Then, over casual conversation with another delegate, he learned that South Carolina recently enacted a law that allowed motorcyclists to treat red lights like stop signs. So why not in Virginia, he thought.

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Virginia HB1267 – Motorcycle Helmet Use Penalty

January 20, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

HB1267 changes the penalty for not wear or wearing an improper helmet to $25 and no court cost. Contact your representative and ask them to support this bill.

Any person who violates this subsection shall be subject to a civil penalty of $25 to be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Literary Fund, and no court costs shall be assessed.

Take Care – Ride FREE

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