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N/A | National Pennsylvania to mandate "FREE" motorcycle safety courses for young novice riders

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' at netrider.net.au started by robsalvv, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Pennsylvania are looking set to create better young motorcyclists right out of the box - it will be interesting to see just what the long term benefit will be. Interesting that a polly has publically accepted the elephant in the room - highlighted in red below.

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    The arrival of spring can be announced by the first crash reports that start rolling in, according to State Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township.

    "In two or three months, we're going to see a rash of motorcycle accidents and deaths," he said. "As soon as the weather gets warmer. It happens every spring." Prompted by the number of motorcycle crashes reported each year, Grove has authored legislation mandating anyone seeking a Class M (motorcycle) junior driver's license to complete a safety course.

    The House Transportation Committee last month approved that bill, which is soon expected to go before the entire House for a vote.

    Grove said the 15-hour course would be provided free, paid for through registration fees. Anyone under 18 would have to take the course, which highlights areas such as drinking and driving, defensive driving, and proper motorcycle techniques, he said. "A motorcycle is very different than driving a car," Grove said. "On a motorcycle, you're out there on your own. We need to change the mentality, ingrain in the youngest drivers that you cannot afford to drink while driving ... especially on a motorcycle."

    Accidents: He said even a patch of gravel can cause a spill on a motorcycle, which doesn't offer the same protections -- metal, plastic and airbags -- as a car or truck. Motorcyclists must also be extra vigilant because many accidents are caused by other drivers who either don't see or fail to yield to a motorcyclist.

    "The goal of my legislation is to cut down on the number of motorcycle crashes and deaths we see every year," he said.

    According to the state's Department of Transportation, there were 11 fatal motorcycle crashes in York County in 2010.

    That's down from 15 in 2009, but up from the nine deaths posted in 2008. From 1997 through 2010, a 14-year span, there were 94 fatal motorcycle crashes. That's an average of about seven per year.

    Change: The course, called the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program, is currently optional to all motorcyclists. However, enrollment has dwindled in recent years, Grove said.

    If approved during the current legislative session, the law would probably go into effect next year, he said.

    For information about the 2012 Motorcycle Safety Program, visit www.pamsp.com.

    -- Reach Christina Kauffman at 505-5436, ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com, or follow her on Twitter at @YDYorkCounty.
  2. Sweet, let's hope they get the right kind of training.
  3. Is the voluntary program currently free? Interesting to see that attendance is dwindling - wonder if they're promoting it properly if that's the case. I would have thought newer riders would jump at the chance of some free training (I would/do).
  4. That was a good one. A free motorcycle safety course is needed specially by teens.