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Old 05-23-2012, 01:09 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by CaffeineRacer View Post
I think that it's not a single cause that anyone can point their fingers to. Helmet law requirements would reduce the number for certain, just like having a zero tolerance policy with alcohol and motorcycling, having a tiers license system so that people can't be idiots and have a 1k SS for their first bike, and actually making it illegal to text and drive or to talk using a non-handsfree device, as well as harsher punishments for those who cause accidents while doing so. There are a lot of different things that could be done unfortunately I have never seen anything done in any areas to try to reduce motorcycle fatalities so I feel that the statement quoted in the OP are empty. For example, road stripes are very slippery when wet for motorcycles, seems like a pretty simply fix, make ones that aren't, yet here we are and that hasn't been done.

I think the reason why car related fatalities have gone down is that cars are pretty safe these days. The technology has just really come a long ways. In addition to the fact that many vehicles have removed the driver from a lot of its functions reducing stupid human factor input. However, a motorcycle, well there isn't a whole lot of safety technology that can be put into it. It's up to the rider to wear their gear and ride smart, and its up to the drivers around them to be aware of their surroundings and respect the fact that there are motorcyclists on the road. Its an uphill battle for certain.

Also a comment on the study itself, I wonder what the change in fatality rate per rider or per driver was found to be. As stated above people are probably traveling fewer miles in cars and more miles on bikes so this could be a compounding factor skewing these numbers. I find government officials like to take the number which looks the best and report it with a total disregard to the validity of the statistical method used, its limitations, and its relevance in a particular application.
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