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Recent Safety Report
« on: November 28, 2012, 02:56:15 am »
Something I saw posted elsewhere...  contained within is a link to an easy-read highlight of the recent 11/14/12 GAO-13-42 report entitled, "Motorcycle Safety: Increasing Federal Funding Flexibility and Identifying Research Priorities Would Help Support States' Safety Efforts."   I have not fully read and digested the report to either support of condone the contents of the study - just passing along the info.

November 27, 2012
Contact: Barbara Harsha
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GHSA Praises Federal Report Calling for Motorcycle Safety Changes

The following statement is attributable to Barbara Harsha, Executive
Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released
its recent evaluation of federal and state efforts to address motorcycle
safety. GHSA strongly supports the recommended changes, as these would lead
to a more effective approach to this issue.

First, GAO suggests that Congress give states more flexibility in their use
of federal highway safety funds to more broadly address the complex issue of
motorcycle safety. Currently, states can spend these funds only on
motorcyclist training and raising motorist awareness of motorcycles. States
should be able to use their federal funds to support motorcycle advisory
committees, development of motorcycle safety strategic plans, enforcement of
helmet and other motorcycle safety laws, programs to prevent impaired
motorcycling and speeding, licensing improvements, and programs to encourage
voluntary helmet usage and greater rider conspicuity. GHSA supports a
comprehensive approach to motorcycle safety, and we commend GAO for its
recognition of the need for this strategy. We urge Congress to incorporate
this change during the next transportation reauthorization.

Secondly, GAO recommends that the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) provide states with information that could better
enable them to effectively reduce motorcyclist crashes and injuries. GAO
encourages NHTSA to conduct research that will resolve outstanding gaps in
state knowledge about approaches considered most promising. Specifically,
GAO recommends that NHTSA research how to encourage motorcyclists to
increase their conspicuity and the value of a graduated licensing model for
motorcyclists. GHSA appreciates GAO's acknowledgement that an increased
focus on research is necessary for states to operate effective, data-driven
programs. NHTSA is scheduled to release a plan to guide its motorcycle
safety research efforts by the spring of 2013. GHSA looks forward to this
research roadmap.

Highlights of the GAO report and the report itself are online at

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Re: Recent Safety Report
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2012, 03:46:32 am »
Though I appreciate any advancements in Motorcycle safety, and
I DO appreciate motorist awareness to motorcycles, I hesitate to think
how Congress could possibly 'warp' good things into bad things. 

Let's hope motorcycle licensing and registration fees don't go up to fund all this
'motorcycle safety'.  I'm already in full gear, got me and my bike as obvious as
I think is possible... so I'm trying to do my part.

I guess any help is better than no help at all!
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Re: Recent Safety Report
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2012, 03:49:00 pm »
thanks for sharing
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