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Riders hope for more motorcycle safety education

By Leland Kim - bio | email

AIEA (KHNL) -  After three fatal motorcycle accidents in three days, the question turns to safety on our roads.  Some motorcycle riders wonder if enough is being done to educate the public about motorcycle safety.

There's always a risk when you get on the road.  Motorcycle riders encourage everyone, drivers and riders, to exercise personal responsibility when they get behind the wheel.

Rod Carr has been two-wheeling it for more than fifty years.  He is one of 4 million Americans who ride motorcycles.  As an avid rider, the news of the recent motorcycle fatalities hit him hard.

"Every time I see this type of thing happen, it upsets me very much," said the 69-year-old Aiea resident. "We're working hard in the motorcycle community to lower our figures."

Each year, motorcycle fatalities represent about five percent of all highway fatalities in the United States, but only account for two percent of all registered vehicles.  Carr's been an advocate for motorcycle safety in Hawaii for more than 20 years.

"We need to have more public service announcements to make automobile drivers aware that we're out there," said Carr, who moved to Hawaii from Grand Coulee Dam, Washington, in the 1980s. "And unfortunately we have to consistently pound that message."

And he also has a message for riders who get a thrill from going dangerously fast.

"Common sense, rules of the road, not trying to be some kind of a hero as painted by extreme sports on a motorcycle because they don't go together," said Carr.

Ultimately, Carr hopes more funding goes towards education.

"But if we can more of our highway dollars spent properly on motorcycle awareness and safety, maybe we can truly see these figures come down," he said.

Come down so more motorcycle riders stay alive, and help drivers be more aware on the roads.

"Look twice; the second time you may see the motorcycle," said Carr. "It's that type of thing. Look for us. Be aware that we are there and have a right to be there."

Once again, the take home message is stay safe to stay alive and use common sense.

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