Lawmaker pitches motorcycle safety proposal
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SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois lawmaker wants driver education teachers to spend more time warning beginner motorists to be on the lookout for motorcycles.

Under a proposal by state Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, teachers would be required to incorporate more time behind the wheel to helping students learn about motorcycle safety.

Bennett, a freshman member of the House who is not a motorcycle rider, said he drafted the legislation to ensure students understand their surroundings when they are operating a vehicle.

“This is a concern raised by the constituents in my district,” Bennett said. “I think I’ve ridden a motorcycle one time

“We’ve often heard motorists say, `I hit him but I didn’t see him,’” Bennett said. “We’d like to get a little more focus on that.”

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, motorcycles represent 3 percent of total vehicle registrations in Illinois, yet motorcycle fatalities accounted for more than 15 percent of all vehicle fatalities in 2013.

Motorcycle fatalities increased from 148 in 2012 to 155 in 2013, according to provisional data provided by the state’s transportation agency. That figure is up nearly 20 percent from 2009.

Bennett said he’s kept the language of his proposed legislation general in order to give teachers and schools…………… continues on The Southern

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Long Beach police to conduct motorcycle safety operation Sunday
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LONG BEACH – Police will conduct a specialized motorcycle safety operation on Sunday , which includes extra officers on duty to patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists and where crashes have occurred.

Officers will be on the watch for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. Officers will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles, who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.

Riders are urged to obtain training information at www.CA-msp.org or by calling 1-877 RIDE 411 (1-877-743-3411).

The special operation is funded with state and federal grants.

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