Proposal would make motorcycle safety course mandatory
News from Chicago Tribune:

A bill aimed at increasing the safety of motorcycle riders passed in the state House Wednesday and is on its way to the Senate.

Sponsored by Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, the bill passed 181-1. All representatives from York County voted in favor.

The legislation would require anyone seeking a Class M (motorcycle) junior driver’s license to complete a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation-approved safety course.

The course “gives younger riders good fundamentals,” Grove said.

The 15-hour course would be provided free. Anyone under 18 would

have to take the course, which highlights areas such as drinking and driving, defensive driving, and proper motorcycle techniques, he said.

“Experience counts when it comes to motorcycle safety,” Grove said. “Operating a motorcycle is very different than driving a car, and my goal is to increase the safety and awareness of Pennsylvania’s young motorcyclists.”

Crashes: Motorcycle riders face a greater risk than auto drivers of being injured in a crash, Grove said.

Riders involved in a single-vehicle crash have a 96 percent chance of being injured and those involved in a multi-vehicle crash have a 98 percent chance of being injured, Grove said.

Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in a crash than individuals in cars.

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Bikers Ride for Motorcycle Safety
News from KWQC 6:

Nearly 500 Bikers took to the streets Saturday to raise awareness for Motorcycle Safety Month.

The ride began at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds and ended at Davenport West High School.

This is the 28 year for the event sponsored by the Iowa/Illinois Motorcycle Awareness Council.

The month of May officially kicks of “motorcycle season” and riders want to make sure drivers of cars and SUV’s know that bikes will be hitting the road.

“We’ve got limited time to ride here also with that limited time its also limited exposure to the motoring public in regular cars and trucks,” Cpl. . Cliff Anderson with the Davenport Police Department told KWQC.

Local police departments escorted riders on the route – a service they provide because they see the perils of accidents first hand.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, Illinois had 131 motorcycle fatalities in 2010 while Iowa saw 60 bikers lose their lives.

But riders insist the danger lies with drivers of cars and SUV’s - who often times do not see them.

“One of the biggest things with any motorcycle accident is left hand turns – that accounts for about 50 percent of all the fatalities in Illinois every year and its almost exclusively an awareness issue,” Timothy Wassell, the event’s organizer, said.

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