Motorcycle safety highlighted after recent deaths
News from KTVQ Billings News:

HELENA- Motorcycle safety is in the spotlight after several recent fatalities in Montana. The number of motorcycle crashes and deaths has nearly doubled compared to last year at this time.

There were eight motorcycles deaths in Montana by July in 2011, and already this year we have seen 13 deaths, with three of those deaths right here in Lewis & Clark County.

While speed and alcohol can be contributing factors to those deaths, not wearing protective gear is another. People under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet.

“The correct protective gear is vital to trying to ensure that if something does happen, if something does go haywire, you’ll have as much opportunity to survive and come through it as possible,” Kristine Thatcher of the Motor Vehicle Division of the MT Department of Justice noted.

“Any motorcycle you ride on the street has to be legally licensed. After that you have to have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license…part of that is taking a riding course and a written test,” Corporal Jayson Zaner of the Helena Police Department explained.

“However if a rider takes and passes a basic rider course with the Montana Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the skills test is waived with the state,” added Thatcher.

“Another important law is that the headlight always has to be on day and night on motorcycles. T…………… continues on KTVQ Billings News

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CITYWIDE — Extra officers will be present Sunday in areas where motorcycle accidents are frequent as a part of the Santa Monica Police Department’s efforts to lower deaths and injuries, authorities said.

Officers will pay close attention to moving violations made by motorcyclists.

Although motorcycle fatalities in California have dropped by 37 percent between 2009 and 2010, they have been on the rise over the past 10 years by as much as 175 percent. California collision data shows that the major causes o…………… continues on Santa Monica Daily Press

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