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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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Fatal crash on James River Bridge sparks questions about safety for motorcyclists

April 20, 2010 by · Comments Off on Fatal crash on James River Bridge sparks questions about safety for motorcyclists 

A freak accident on the James River Bridge on Saturday night has raised new questions about the safety on local bridges for motorcyclists.

Garlon Turner, 60, of Suffolk was traveling south on the James River Bridge when a strong wind gust flipped his 2007 Harley Davidson over. State Police and safety instructors say they might never know how fast the gust of wind was, but there are steps motorcyclists can take to enhance safety.

Melanie Stokes, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, said motorcyclists need to exercise great caution whenever going over bridges or overpasses.

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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.

Coastal Training Technologies Releases New Training Program on Motorcycle Safety

January 7, 2010 by · Comments Off on Coastal Training Technologies Releases New Training Program on Motorcycle Safety 

January 7, 2010, Virginia Beach, Virginia – Coastal Training Technologies covers new terrain with Motorcycle Safety Awareness, a timely training program that describes various ways to keep riders secure and help prevent injuries and fatalities.

The program surveys major safety issues, from risk awareness and the right attitude to practical dos and don’ts, including hand-feet coordination, selecting PPE, defensive riding, maneuvering, and emergency planning.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness will help show riders how to conduct pre-trip inspections, ride in different weather and road conditions, and observe basic road rules. It devotes a particular section on the S.E.E. method and cites the traits of a defensive rider.

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Congressman Randy Forbes Of Virginia Joins Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus

January 6, 2010 by · Comments Off on Congressman Randy Forbes Of Virginia Joins Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus 

Washington, D.C., Jan. 6, 2009 – U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) officially joined the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus in December 2009. He joins a bipartisan group of Members of Congress including Caucus Co-chairs Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), committed to improving and advancing the safety of motorcyclists.

Forbes commented, “While motorcycling is fun recreation and affordable transportation, it is important to remain focused on safety. The Motorcycle Safety Caucus encourages motorcyclists to get trained and licensed, obey traffic laws, avoid mixing riding with alcohol and wear proper, motorcycle-specific safety gear, but it doesn’t stop with riders. The Caucus serves to also remind other motorists that motorcyclists use the roads as well, and to remember to look for motorcycles particularly when turning or changing lanes.”

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Motorcycle Safety Ad

November 3, 2009 by · Comments Off on Motorcycle Safety Ad 

A great motorcycle safety ad from Europe that I found while browsing around YouTube.

What do we have to do to get noticed?

Major motorcycle safety event held at Pentagon

May 7, 2009 by · Comments Off on Major motorcycle safety event held at Pentagon 

5/6/2009 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Senior leaders from the military services gathered together in the Pentagon parking lot May 1 to take part in a National Capital Region Joint Service Motorcycle Safety Event, designed to promote rider safety programs throughout the military.

The two-day event included motorcycle skills demonstrations, lectures on the proper use of safety equipment and a motorcycle rally. Event organizers had motorcycle simulators available for participants to test their riding skills and learn about critical decision making in various traffic scenarios such as inclement weather and increased vehicle volume.

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