Hundreds ride for motorcycle safety

Hundreds ride for motorcycle safety

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by Justin Corr

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Posted on May 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 4:27 AM

BOISE -- Saturday, riders from as far away as Kentucky were in Boise to spread the word on safety and try to save lives.

From 2008 to 2010, there were 89 fatal crashes and 508 serious injury crashes involving a motorcycle in Idaho.

"We just need a little more respect on the road," said Allen Critchfield, who was riding in his fifth Motorcycle Awareness Rally. "Otherwise, more of us are going to get hurt and killed."

The 27th annual Motorcycle Awareness Rally in Idaho included rides across the state. The one in Boise ran from Lucky Peak to the Statehouse.

"It's important for them to know that we're out and about, and to take it easy on us," said Critchfield.

"We're very unprotected," said Lane Triplett, chairman of the Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety. "When we're in a crash, we get hurt. That's just how it is."

Triplett is one of the 50,000 registered motorcyclists in the state, and helped organize the event aimed at reminding drivers to look for riders.

"Look carefully before making a left turn, before you pull out into traffic," said Triplett. "Be cognizant of what's going on around you, and motorcyclists will be much safer."

Lane's been in a few accidents, as has Allen, but none like Kentucky's Brittany Morrow was in years ago. Besides broken bones, she also had serious road rash.

"I had 50 percent body coverage of 3rd-degree road rash," said Morrow.

Morrow now runs a not-for-profit advocating for motorcycle safety. She said while drivers need to look for riders, riders also need to look out for themselves by wearing the right gear. She said that includes a helmet, armored jacket, pants, boots and gloves.

"Choosing a helmet that day is what saved my life, but not choosing any other protective apparel is what almost cost me my life," said Morrow.

Morrow said before you ride and think about what precautions to take, you should think about what's at stake.

"Every time you ride, you bring your friends and family with you on the back, even if they're not physically there," said Morrow.

Eighteen percent of motorcycle fatalities in Idaho were associated with a car violating the rider's right-of-way. Seventy percent of those fatalities were associated with rider error. But riders say any fatality is one too many.

If you'd like to know more about the Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety, you can click here.

 

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