Antilock brakes, controversial among motorcycle riders, reduce accidents, says …
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Despite their unpopularity among some riders, anti-lock brakes have been shown to reduce motorcycle crashes.

Motorcycles equipped with anti-lock (ABS) brakes reduce crashes for bikers of every level of experience, a new study shows, but the biggest benefit comes to inexperienced riders. Newbies riding bikes with ABS are 30 percent less likely to file an accident insurance claim within the crucial first 90 days of ridership and 19 percent less after that, says the Highway Loss Data Institute. (HLDI)

The analysis, limited to those with motorcycle class licenses, included bike model years, the riders’ age and other factors and revealed that that ABS bikes had lower claim frequencies throughout a two-year period. Claims for bikes with and without ABS brakes were much higher at the beginning of policies than later on.

“We already knew that motorcycle ABS cuts crashes. What this study shows is that ABS may help compensate for beginners’ mistakes,” says HLDI Vice President Matt Moore. “At the same time, rider…………… continues on New York Daily News

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Raids net dozens of Ind. motorcycle gang members
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Dozens of people connected to the Outlaws motorcycle gang were arrested during early-morning raids Wednesday that federal prosecutors said were aimed at dismantling a criminal organization where violence was part of doing business.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday shows that 42 people – from alleged gang members to a millionaire CEO – are facing a wide-range of charges that include drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering, witness tampering and illegal gambling. The charges, which come after a more than year-long investigation, were filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

“All kinds of people from different walks of life are involved in criminal activity,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brad Blackington, the lead prosecutor in the case.

Every member of the Outlaws Indianapolis chapter is currently in custody, along with several gang associates, Blackington said. Members of the motorcycle group’s chapters in Ohio and Illinois also were arrested, U.S Attorney Joe Hogsett said during a news conference in Indianapolis to announce the arrests.

Only one of the suspects remained at large Wednesday following the raids in several Indiana cities and towns that involved more than 300 officers from federal, state and local agencies. The raids netted about 35 guns includ…………… continues on WLNE-TV (ABC6)

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