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Old 11-05-2007, 02:15 PM   #1
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New Federal initiative to improve motorcycle safety

Author : US DOT
Date : 11/02/2007

(FED) To combat the alarming trend of rising motorcycle injuries and fatalities, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters Friday announced a comprehensive new federal initiative to improve motorcycle safety with more rider education and training, tougher standards for helmet certification labeling, law enforcement training, and road designs that consider motorcycle dynamics.

Peters, an avid motorcyclist, also released a television public service announcement where she credits her riding gear for saving her life during a 2005 motorcycle crash.

"Take it from a motorcycle enthusiast who also happens to be the U.S. Secretary of Transportation," Peters says in the PSA.

"Check your bike before each ride, wear all your safety equipment and ride with others so you're more visible. If I hadn't taken those safety precautions, I wouldn't be standing here today," she said.

Peters said the motorcycle safety initiative will create new national safety and training standards for novice riders,curb counterfeit helmet labeling so that consumers can be certain they are buying DOT-certified helmets, place new focus on motorcycle-specific road improvements, and provide training to law enforcement officers on how to spot unsafe motorcyclists.

In addition, Peters said, the plan includes a broad public awareness campaign - including the PSA - on safe riding techniques.

Peters said she is one of the many "baby-boomers" who have recently returned to riding after years of shelving their bikes in lieu of family and careers.

In August 2005, she suffered a broken collar bone after a crash on a two-lane highway just north of Tucson, Ariz.
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:53 PM   #2
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:06 PM   #3
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i like that i hope it happens
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Old 11-05-2007, 09:19 PM   #4
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Agreed. I like the idea of living to ride another day
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Old 11-05-2007, 09:26 PM   #5
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Old 11-05-2007, 09:46 PM   #6
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I read somewhere recently that all traffic signals in the state are being changed to make them more bike friendly. Meaning you won't have to run that red light at 2am when there are no cars to trip the light. I'll bet she had something to do with that too. Yeah for the SoT who rides!!
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:47 PM   #7
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Sounds good. Hope it works out. I hate waiting for the light to trip...
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