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Police concerned about two-wheeled traffic

September 27, 2008 by · Comments Off on Police concerned about two-wheeled traffic 

Herndon resident Scott Norman, a husband and father of two young children, was one of the three motorcycle fatalities in Fairfax County this year.

On July 29, Norman lost control of his 2008 Suzuki while on Herndon Parkway, slammed into a barrier and was killed instantly. The police report estimated that he had been traveling at 77 miles per hour, more than twice the posted speed limit.

Although annual Fairfax County motorcycle fatalities have remained in the single digits in recent years, police are concerned with the potential safety issues that may come with more two-wheeled vehicles on roadways being driven by inexperienced drivers.

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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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Moped riders adjust to helmet rule

August 20, 2008 by · Comments Off on Moped riders adjust to helmet rule 

BLACKSBURG — Forget the romantic photos of windswept babes with coifed hair motoring around Europe on curvaceous Vespas. Beginning in October, moped riders in Blacksburg have two choices: helmet hair or a $50 fine.

Technically, the new helmet law — which requires helmets and eye protection for riders and drivers of mopeds — went into effect Aug. 12, after Blacksburg Town Council approved it on a unanimous vote. But for the next few weeks, police will focus on education instead of punishment.

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Va Motorcycle Fatalities up 80%

August 12, 2008 by · Comments Off on Va Motorcycle Fatalities up 80% 

Two people were killed in Southwest Virginia on Sunday in motorcycle crashes that occurred within hours of each other.

In Washington County, Joshua Smith, 21, of Raven, Va., died after losing control of his Yamaha motorcycle while rounding a curve on state Route 75 at about 2 p.m.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Michael Conroy said Smith crossed the center line and drove into the path of a pickup heading north.

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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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“Move Over” Law Not Being Followed in Virginia

July 3, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

The law is on the books in 48 states, but 71 percent of Americans are unaware of its existence.

According to law enforcement officers, the need for motorists to be educated about the “move over law” has reached a critical point after four Virginia State Police troopers sustained personal injuries over the past three months from drivers who failed to slow down or change lanes.

Recently on Interstate 81 near Blacksburg when a VSP road officer had to leap into his cruiser and across the driver’s seat in order to avoid being hit by a tractor-trailer. The truck jackknifed after slamming into the trooper’s vehicle.

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Air, Land and Speed to Take Place

June 27, 2008 by · Comments Off on Air, Land and Speed to Take Place 

On Friday and Saturday, Operation Air, Land and Speed returns to Interstate 95 and Interstate 81 and Virginia State Police urges motorists to practice safe driving habits as the summer season gets underway.

The two-day campaign increases the number of available troopers, supervisors, motorcycle units, motor carrier troopers and aviation units along the entire length of I-95 and I-81 as part of this aggressive traffic safety enforcement.

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Oakland Motorcycle Cops Stir Controversy with Loud Pipes

June 17, 2008 by · Comments Off on Oakland Motorcycle Cops Stir Controversy with Loud Pipes 

Civilians are usually the ones getting attention for loud motorcycle exhausts, but this time the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Police Department– AKA “Rolling Thunder”– has re-installed noisy aftermarket pipes onto their fleet of Harley-Davidsons. According to the article, safety concerns spread among the department three months ago when an officer riding with stock pipes was struck by a motorist who claims he didn’t hear him coming. The new pipes produce an average of 93 decibels.

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