States Examine Spike In Motorcycle Deaths

We all know that cars are at fault in most motorcycle accidents. But bikers can be responsible too . Motorcycle deaths increased in almost all states during this last year and state officials wonder if the reason why it is happening could be related to the age of the riders. For now, it is just a guess, but they think that more and more motorcycle riders are not as sharp as they used to be. To demonstrate this, they say that the number of bikers who are registering their motorcycles are getting older, with the fastest growing group ages 45 to 54. They begin to think that these middle-aged riders are having trouble judging distances with the more powerful engines in modern bikes. But what about young new riders buying their first sports bike able to go beyound 120 mph in a matter of seconds? In my state of Florida, a new law which goes in effect July 1, 2008 will require every new motorcycle operator to take a safety course before going on the road. All states should require the same from new licensees.

3 Responses to “States Examine Spike In Motorcycle Deaths”

  1. 1 Jan 11th, 2007 at 2:00 am

    Here in Ontario, Canada, we’ve had a graduated licensing program in effect for a number of years. The way that the graduated levels are structured actually encourages people to participate in at least one registered motorcycle riding academy to reduce waiting times for the various levels.

    There are heavy restrictions on M1-level riders (can only operate on roads with maximum 80 km/h posted limit, no riding with a passenger, can only ride during day-light, and ZERO BAC – a law that should be extended to ALL MOTORISTS at ALL LEVELS).

    Typically the M1-level is to last 90-days before a ministry road test is to be taken. If a riding course is taken and passed, you are exempt from the ministry test, and the wait time is reduced to 60 days. Then it’s onto an M2-level where it is a regular probationary license, however you’re allowed the freedom of riding at any time and on any highway.

    Considering our riding season is usually only 4-5 months of the year, it’s surprising that our licensing is so progressive. Maybe it’s because it’s the government who pays the bills when we have to get taped back together.

  2. 2 Jan 16th, 2007 at 12:33 am

    I actually think that will be a good law. I used to love to go to Daytona for Bike Week and ride in the parade the last day. Now…..I pass on it because there are so many people who have just bought their bike,I notice the new temp tags they have no riding experience.I actually met somebody at Boot Hill that flew down here from Maine they rented a Harley and had never owned a motorcycle. A friend of theirs rented the Harley with their credit card and drivers license because the guy from Maine did not have a motorcycle endorsement. I could not believe it. Finally a “GOOD” law.

  3. 3 Speedy Jan 19th, 2007 at 12:57 am

    The two most common reasons motorcycle accidents occur are:
    1) Performing dangerous stunts on the motorcycle
    2) Long stopping distances (ie: bikers cannot stop in
    in time at high speeds.

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