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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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More Motorcyclists, More Dangers

June 30, 2008 by · Comments Off on More Motorcyclists, More Dangers 

Roanoke, VA – As gas prices remain at record levels, more people are turning to gas efficient transportation. Motorcycle sales continue to soar, which means more bikes are on the roads now than ever before. Motorcycles used to be all about fun and recreation on a sunny weekend afternoon. Now, many are riding two wheels to save money.

In the last six years, motorcycle registrations are up 51 percent. Many of those new riders are enrolling in motorcycle safety classes like the one here at Virginia Western Community College.

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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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Motorcycle classes full of people wanting to save money

June 9, 2008 by · Comments Off on Motorcycle classes full of people wanting to save money 

As the price to fill up your gas tank continues to get more and more painful, people all over the country are searching for ways to save on gas. One of the solutions is driving motorcycles instead of cars.

At Virginia Western Community College, Faye Hedrick is learning to ride a motorcycle.

“Save a little bit on gas because I’m furious about the gas prices. I’m furious,” Hedrick said.

She’s taking a motorcycle safety course. Like many people, it’s one way to fight back against the gas prices.

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Michigan Gov. Granholm gets bill allowing helmet-less motorcyclists

June 5, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

LANSING – For the second time in two years, the Legislature has voted to allow adults to ride motorcycles in Michigan without a helmet.

And for the second time, Gov. Jennifer Granholm likely will veto it.

The House on Wednesday gave final approval, 70-38, to bill that would allow motorcyclists ages 21 and older to pay the state $100 a year for a permit to ride with no helmet. They’d have to pass a motorcycle safety course and have been licensed for two previous years.

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Truckers to Offer Motorcycle Riders Tips

June 3, 2008 by · Comments Off on Truckers to Offer Motorcycle Riders Tips 

I thought this was pretty interesting. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free driving miles will demonstrate safety measures critical to saving lives on the nation’s highways to attendees of the 2008 Americade motorcycle rally in Lake George, NY. A static demonstration with simulated highway lanes will show how vehicles and trucks get into accidents. Professional truck drivers will give tips on blind spots, safe-merging techniques, and stopping and following distances.

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9 easy lessons Motorcycle safety course can teach old riders new tricks

June 1, 2008 by · Comments Off on 9 easy lessons Motorcycle safety course can teach old riders new tricks 

For new motorcycle riders and those returning after a hiatus, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s basic Motorcycle Rider Course teaches the skills needed to ride safely and enjoyably.

Besides, successful completion will earn you the motorcycle endoresement without taking the state test. Best of all, the course is free to Illinois residents.

But what about experienced riders? Most of us have been riding for years without incident—a few close calls, maybe—though rider training would benefit us too.

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Looking for information on the Virginia Rider Training Program? Visit the Programs website at

Students get motorcycle-safety lessons

June 1, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Few elementary school students are riding motorcycles yet, but Utah officials are taking their motorcycle safety message to those students in hopes they’ll carry it home to their parents and older siblings.

“Children are great parent police,” Keri Gibson of the Utah Highway Safety Office said. “They will go home and encourage their parents to be safe.”

The office has taken its Ride Aware, Drive Aware campaign to 17 elementary schools across the state in response to increasing rates of motorcycle deaths on Utah roads.

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