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Thursday, May 11, 2017

PennDOT, Safety Partners Urge Motorcycle Safety, Promote Rider Training

​MONTOURSVILLE, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the North Central Highway Safety Network (NCHSN), the AAA Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PA MSP) today met at Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson in Bloomsburg, PA, to promote motorcycle safety as part of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

The safety initiative featured demonstration of PennDOT’s SKIDBIKE™ by PA MSP Public Relations Coordinator, Bobby Fitzmayer.

PA MSP teaches motorcycle riders of all skill levels the fundamentals needed to reduce risks while operating motorcycles. The program offers four courses that include beginning riders, intermediate skills, three-wheeled basics, and advanced riding skills.

Since the MSP’s inception in 1984, more than 450,000 students have been trained and the program is free to Pennsylvania residents who have a Class M (Motorcycle) learner’s permit or license.

Taking an approved motorcycle safety training course provides riders the opportunity to learn or refine skills that may reduce the chances of being killed or injured in a crash.

Currently, there are more than 857,000 licensed motorcyclists in Pennsylvania, with over 400,000 registered motorcycles.

PennDOT data shows there were 3454 crashes last year involving motorcycles resulting in 192 fatalities, a slight increase from 179 in 2015.

Locally in PennDOT District 3 which includes Columbia County, there were three motorcycle fatalities in 2016, all three riders were not wearing helmets.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety/Highway Loss Data Institute, a helmet is the most important piece of motorcycle safety equipment. Un-helmeted riders are three times more likely than helmeted ones to sustain traumatic brain injuries in the event of a crash. [IIHS.org]

For more information or to register for a course, visit www.pamsp.com or call 1-800-845-9533.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

but unhelmeted riders are 5 times less likely to crash in the first place.if someone wishes to wear a helmet, then by all means wear one, but nobody has the right to tell me I have to. Let those who ride decide

Anonymous said...

Lets get these bikers to ride on their own side of the road! When they gang together riding 2 abreast, one will ride so close to the yellow line on coming traffic has to move over. Well I won't! Stay in your own damn lane!