Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®: Motorcycle Accident Fatalities on the Rise in Arizona
In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the number of motorcycle related fatalities in the state of Arizona has increased dramatically over the last two years and has state officials and law enforcement agencies scrambling to come up with a solution to this growing concern. Hitting a six year low in 2010, with a total of 99 motorcycle accident fatalities, that number has since risen approximately 55% in the last two years to represent a scary statistic for all those involved in the motorcycle scene in Arizona.
Why are motorcycle accident fatalities in Arizona on the rise?
Arizona Department of Transportation officials point to a lack of proper training, especially in congested situations, as the leading cause of the problem. Officials have now set training targets for all new riders to complete when considering riding a motorcycle.
Any new motorcycle rider wishing to become a fully licensed motorcyclist in Arizona will have to start by obtaining a motorcycle instruction permit. The permit begins the “behind the wheel” training for the applicant and all it requires is a minimum age of 15 years and six months and that the applicant has passed a written and vision test. Once holding the permit, the applicant can begin on road training with the restrictions of no night driving or passengers allowed. 30 hours of riding time must be obtained to qualify for the full license, or, in lieu of the practice time, completion of a certified motorcycle safety course will suffice. For exact motorcycle licensing requirements in Arizona visit your local MVD office.
Hopefully this extra training will instill a feeling of confidence in newer motorcycle riders, allowing them to deal with heavily trafficked areas with effectiveness and confidence. Balance and visibility when riding are just two of the focuses that third party training helps bikers understand—essentially showing riders how to be seen as well as teaching them how their motorcycle will behave at different rates of speed.
Arizona officials say one of the major issues standing in the way of more education for motorcycle riders is the stigma amongst riders about training. William Seltzer, marketing director for TEAM Arizona, a motorcycle training facility, explains it this way; “In other places, it’s a badge of honor to show what kind of training you’ve had, but here the culture kind of says you’re a sissy if you take rider training and that can’t be farther from the truth”. Educating riders is essential to overcoming this kind of outdated thinking and making it mandatory for new riders will start that process.
While the implementation of training is still in its infancy, many people in the state of Arizona hope that it will go the distance to help reduce the number of people injured or killed while doing something they enjoy, riding their motorcycle. Time will tell but better trained motorcycle riders on the road can only help in the long run.
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys® – Arizona
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