Ask a Trooper: All you need to know about motorcycle rules

By KBJR News 1

Ask a Trooper: All you need to know about motorcycle rules

June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM CDT

Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, Minnesota State Patrol says the following:

"Did you know, in Minnesota, over half of motorcycle crashes are single vehicle crashes? Motorcycle use is at an all–time high and the two primary factors involved when they crash are driver inexperience and speed.

Did you know one main reason that motorcyclists are killed in crashes is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection? The occupant protection that is built in to our passenger cars protects us greatly, but cannot be incorporated within a motorcycle. Nationwide, 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; a comparable figure for automobiles is only 20 percent.

Did you know nationwide that 25 percent of motorcycle operators killed in crashes are not licensed or are improperly licensed to operate a motorcycle?

Did you know that approximately half of all fatal single–vehicle motorcycle crashes involved alcohol? Driving a motorcycle requires more skill and coordination than driving most other vehicles and impairment, even at lower levels, diminishes judgment and motor skills greatly, first and foremost.

Did you know it is not advisable to buy a motorcycle you cannot push or pull upright by yourself? A motorcycle must be the right fit for the person and the style of the cycle should fit the use."

Posted to the web by Ramona Marozas
Rmarozas@kbjr.com

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