Visalia police complete motorcycle safety detail
News from Visalia Times-Delta:

A six-hour motorcycle safety enforcement in Visalia produced 24 citations being issued Tuesday night.

No drunken driving arrests were made.

Visalia police said officers, between 5 and 11 p.m. Tuesday, patrolled areas frequented by motorcycle riders and where motorcycle crashes occurred. Officers, police said, were looking for drivers and riders who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cracking down on traffic violations that can lead to collisions.

During the safety detail, officers made 32 stops – four on motorcycles and 28 on vehicles. The 24 citations included three for being an unlicensed driver and one for driving on a suspended license.

Money for the detail was provided by the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Safety training should be mandatory for motorcyclists
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I was very happy to see the article on motorcycle safety featured on the front page (”Fatalities on rise,” Aug. 13). It is definitely a topic that deserves more attention.

Twelve years ago, I lost my brother to a motorcycle accident. He was 21 and had owned the bike for only four days. He was not required to have any kind of training before getting on a bike (which we later learned was too big and powerful for a beginning rider) and riding on the streets. His only restrictions were that he could not have a passenger or ride after dark.

I have never understood why drivers of cars are required to take hours of classes and driving time before being issued a license, but drivers of motorcycles, which go much faster and have fewer safety features, can ride the bike off the lot that day.

Statistics show that those who choose to take the course are much more successful riders. I wish my brother hadn’t had a choice and that the courses were mandatory.

After his passing, I wrote letters to senators and the like expressing my concern about the lack of required classes. I was basically told that while they were very sorry for my circumstances, my brother was 21 and old enough to make the decision himself on whether or not to take the course.

He made the wrong choice. I hope this article sheds light on this subject, and that eyes will be opened to the…………… continues on Canton Repository

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