In an effort to reduce motorcycle accidents, New York Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie co-sponsored a bill that would add awareness training to the requirements needed to obtain a motorcycle license. The bill recently passed the state senate.
“This is just one more step towards making our highways safer for both motorcyclists and those traveling on four wheels,” Ritchie said in a statement. “By teaching people how to properly share the road, we can cut down on accidents and help save lives.”
In New York, prospective riders must pass five-hour training courses to obtain a motorcycle license. The new law would require motorcyclists to be more aware of their surroundings, hopefully leading to a decrease in motorcycle accident fatalities.
The Motorcycle Industry Council reports that the first quarter of 2012 saw a 6.7 percent increase in motorcycle sales across the country. Typically, motorcycle fatalities mirror motorcycle sales.
It is true that lack of situational awareness is a factor in many motorcycle accidents, on the part of both motorcyclists and vehicle operators. It will be interesting to see if this new requirement has an impact on motorcycle accidents and fatalities. Currently, several states – including Colorado – do not require training to obtain a motorcycle operation certification.
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