St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is urging new and experienced motorcycle riders to take a training course following a deadly year for motorcyclists.
In 2012, 53 riders were killed which is a 26% increase compared to 2011. 2012 was also the deadliest year for motorcyclists since 2009.
“2012 was a deadly year on the road for motorcyclists and it’s up to both riders and drivers to reduce these tragedies,” says Bill Shaffer of the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center. “Riders can take responsibility by keeping their skills sharp through training, wearing high-visibility protective gear and riding sober.”
Safety officials say the early start to the rider season due to the warmer temperatures in 2012 may have contributed to the increase in fatalities throughout the year.
Safety officials are urging all motorcyclists to sign up for one of their training courses at their Motorcycle Safety website.
Courses range from Basic Rider to Civilian Police Motorcycle where experienced riders can learn the same techniques used by police motor officers.
Safety officials offer these safety tips for riders:
• Wear full protective gear including a brightly colored jacket, DOT-approved helmet, rider pants, motorcycle-specific boots and gloves.
• Drive at safe speeds and stay focused on driving. Speeding and inattention are the two most-cited contributing factors in motorcycle-only crashes.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns