The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) offers many resources and training opportunities to motorcycle novices and seasoned riders. Take advantage of them, forward the links to others and keep your skills current.
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.
Many states have issued proclamations about Motorcycle Awareness Month, urging all drivers to share the roads, be alert and responsible drivers. Wisconsin's proclamation can be seen here, Minnesota, unfortunately does not yet have one. Here is the full list of states that do have Motorcycle Awareness Proclamations.
Governors Highway Safety Association on Distracted Driving
It's pretty rare to see someone trying to operate a motorcycle and a cell phone at the same time. I think it goes without saying that it's not only a bad idea, but also illegal in Minnesota and Wisconsin. That said, here are some great tips to both share with your automobile driving friends, as well as follow closely when you're in a car instead enjoying the open road on your motorcycle. Read the article here.
Driver Sentenced to 10 Years Probation and $200,000 in Restitution in Texting While Driving Case
A sad reminder about texting and driving; A New Richland woman who was texting while driving was sentenced to probation and community service after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. She hit a motorcyclist who died in the crash. This story serves as a reminder of both how vulnerable motorcycle riders are in the event of an accident, as well as how we all need to be vigilant about keeping our phones put away while we are driving.
To read the article on Kare11.com, click here.
Insurance Minimums Drop as Wisconsin Changes Coverage Requirements
Changes in Wisconsin's insurance laws mean anyone who operates a motorcycle should review their current policy to ensure that they are protected in the case of a motorcycle accident.
Driver in Eden Prairie is faces charges for hitting a motorcyclist while text-messaging
Distracted driving is a hazard to everyone who use Minnesota and Wisconsin roads, especially motorcycle operators, who are much more vulnerable to injury in an accident than automobile drivers.
Motorcycle Braking Information (Article)
According to the Hurt Study, in the single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider errors were present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slide out and fall due to over braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.
Are your mirrors adjusted correctly? (Video)
Auto drivers can reduce their chances of an accident and make sure that they have a full view around their auto by making sure your mirrors are adjusted correctly. Many motorcycle accidents are caused because the driver simply did not see the motorcycle. To see the video, click here.
Is this the future of Motorcycling? Ecomobile Video
The State of Motorcycle Safety
Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly #116 Oct / Nov 2009