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Opinion

June 24, 2013

Our view: Motorcycle safety starts with awareness

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We don’t intend to address the noise issue with motorcycles. The sounds of a revving motorcycle are grating to most everyone but the riders — and you have to wonder how they themselves can stand to be directly on top of the racket. But some studies have shown that louder motorcycles decrease the danger for riders because car drivers are more likely to hear them coming even if they don’t see them.

The most basic safety advice is also common sense: Wear a helmet and don’t speed or drink alcohol if you will be riding a motorcycle.

And drivers of other vehicles should heed the national motorcycle-safety slogan: “Look twice; save a life.”

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