Proposal would make motorcycle safety course mandatory
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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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Law enforcement, bikers emphasize motorcycle safety
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FLORIDA WELCOME CENTER — Many motorcycle riders have had brushes with death.

Lisa Jenkins, however, has had more than most.

Five years ago, Jenkins discovered a lump in her breast, a discovery that unexpectedly ignited her passion for motorcycles, which she credits with changing her life.

Last year, however, it was her passion that hurt her.

“I did have a friend that died last year on a motorcycle,” said Jenkins, a Blakely, Ga., resident. “It was one of the most devastating (things) because I didn’t know anybody who had passed away personally. I ride today for people who have passed on, and if we can save a life by just looking, I want to do that. As a motorcyclist, you have to look for whatever can come into your path.”

Jenkins was one of many bikers in attendance at Thursday’s Ride Straight State to State, a motorcycle safety outreach program presented at the Florida Welcome Center by the Florida Department of Transportation, Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and Alabama Office of Highway Safety.

In his 11 years of riding, Bob Johnson has experienced grief and anger numerous times because of friends losing their lives on their bikes.

“We’ve all had that experience,” said Johnson, an Alford, Fla., native. “There’s some anger involved with somebody just not paying attention. People don’t see us and they’re not…………… continues on Dothan Eagle

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