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Safety tips for novice motorcycle riders

Enroll in a safety course. A safety course can teach riders various strategies, including emergency evasive maneuvers. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers courses for riders, who can check to see if any such courses are available in their areas.

Wear a helmet. Many states require motorcycle operators and riders to wear helmets when bikes are in operation. Helmets are required by law in Canada across all provinces and territories. The U.S. Department of Transportation also recommends a full-face helmet as an added safety option for novice motorcycle riders. Biker Report states that a helmet can reduce risks of brain injuries from a motorcycle accident by up to 67%.

Wear protective clothing. In addition to helmets, jackets and other protective gear can reduce the risk of injury for riders involved in crashes. A 2011 study published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention determined there was a significantly reduced risk of

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Motorcycle fatalities up 40% in Missouri | Public Safety

Motorcycle fatalities are on a dangerous upward trend in the area.

So far this year, there have been 42 motorcyclists killed in Missouri compared with 30 at the same last year.

Scott Jones, a safety program administrator for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said there has been an increase in traffic fatalities overall on state roads, but looking at motorcycles those numbers are even more concerning.

“Overall, we’re seeing a 9% increase in traffic crash fatalities compared to this time last year, and that’s total fatalities for the state, but motorcycles, they’re actually up 40%, so there’s a big uptick in motorcycle fatalities right now,” Jones said. “Every number, every crash statistic has a name attached to it so we really want people to pay attention to the road, don’t drive distracted, wear your seat belt, wear your safety gear, ride or drive sober and be careful out there.

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Two dead in motorcycle in Manchester crash | Public Safety

Two people died in a single-motorcycle crash on Wellington Road in Manchester early Sunday morning, police said.

The driver, a 31-year-old man, and passenger, a 33-year-old woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities were not released by police Sunday afternoon.

The crash was the fourth motorcycle fatality in the Queen City in a matter of weeks.

The road remained closed between Currier Drive and Linda Lane for much of the afternoon. The crash occurred around 5:15 a.m. near 1112 Wellington Road, according to a news release.

At the scene, police set up a white tent near the front lawn of the home as they investigated. Around 12:15 p.m., a medical examiner arrived.

“This crash continues to be investigated by the Manchester Police Department,” the news release said.

On June 11, Forrest Emra, 34, had been riding south on Perimeter Road about 6:15 a.m. when he left the road

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Manchester man killed in second fatal motorcycle crash in days in the Queen City | Public Safety

A Manchester man’s death Friday morning is the second motorcycle fatality in the Queen City this week.

Friday’s crash in south Manchester took place the day before the official start of Motorcycle Week, when thousands of bikers flood into the state to gather and celebrate motorcycle culture in the Lakes Region. The increased number of bikers on state highways and roads inevitably lead to more accidents and fatalities.

According to Manchester police, Emra, 34, had been riding south on Perimeter Road about 6:15 a.m. when he left the road between Triangle Mall and the St. Mary’s Bank branch building. Triangle Mall is located where Perimeter Road joins South Willow Street as it curves past the Mall of New Hampshire.

Emra was thrown from the bike and succumbed to his injuries before first responders arrived, according to police.

On Wednesday night, a motorcycle passenger, Paige Parkinson, 25, died when the motorcycle

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