Motorcycle Safety Tips
News from Patch.com:

With top speeds approaching 200 mph, high-performance motorcycles zooming past cars have become a regular sight on highways, and to police and rescue crews.

“We don’t chase them, frankly, because we can’t catch them,” Police Chief William McMahon said.

“That’s something we struggle with,” McMahon told a group of residents at the Citizens Advisory Council meeting last week.

Tell us in comments: What do you think should be done to increase motorcycle safety?

On May 21, 45-year-old Gary Alan Lynch died when his motorcycle went off the road in Marriottsville and on May 30, 25-year-old Devan Cheatham Jones died when his motorcycle collided with the car in front of him in Ellicott City.

Just last Sunday, another motorcycle driver was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma after a collision in Elkridge.

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Red Bluff Police Department and motorcycle safety
News from Red Bluff Daily News:

The Red Bluff Police Department conducted a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on June 16, in an effort to continue lowering deaths and injuries.

Extra officers were on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur.

Another enforcement period is scheduled for sometime in July.

After ten years of steadily increasing motorcycle fatalities in California, increasing 175 percent from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008, the trend has changed. Two consecutive years of fewer motorcycle fatalities – 394 in 2009 and 352 in 2010 – have resulted in a 37 percent decrease since the 2008 peak. This is positive trend that the department would like to see continue.

The Red Bluff Police Department reminds all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

Some of the reduction in riders killed can be attributed to fewer improperly licensed riders. In 2008, 62.7 percent of motorcycle operators killed under age 25 were not properly licensed. In 2009, that statistic fell to only 45.5 percent. Riders, young and old, are encouraged to be properly licensed and to seek training and safety information.

“The terrible trend of rising motorcyclist fatalities has been reversed, though there is more that everyone can do to save more liv…………… continues on Red Bluff Daily News

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