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Yesterday, local Utah bikers gathers outside of Caesar’s Motorcycle Parts & Service to discuss the outrageous amount of motorcycle deaths this year. Twenty-five people have been killed in motorcycle crashes in Utah. That is a higher number of deaths than most previous years in Utah. If the trend continues, this number will set the record of motorcycle deaths within the state of Utah. Stricter Punishments WhiThe whole purpose of this gathering was to talk about what is happening on the roads.  Many of the motorcycle riders at this meeting think they have a grasp on why motorcycle crashes occur. They shared that almost every time they have almost been hit, the driver of the car is on their cellphones. Many people talked about how there should be harsher punishments for those that text and drive. However, other people talked about how the existing laws need actual enforcement. Many felt these laws are lax. Because of these lax laws, people that text and drive have no repercussions so why would they stop? If there will be a change in road safety, there needs to be a change in legislation. Riderz Foundation Elvecia Ramos is the founder of the Riderz Foundation. This

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Riding a motorcycle in the rain is risky. Because of this, many motorcyclists go to great lengths to avoid riding in the rain. But, it’s best to learn how to ride safely in rainy weather since there’s always a possibility that you will get stuck in an unexpected rainstorm. Follow these tips to stay safe: Steer Clear of Puddles Puddles of water will start to form on the road during a rainstorm. Riding through a puddle may seem harmless, but it’s not. Motorcyclists can only see the surface of the puddle, so there’s no way to determine its depth. It’s possible that what looks like a small puddle on the road is actually water accumulating in a deep pothole. There’s also a chance that the puddle consists of oil, not water. The colors of the rainbow typically appear on the surface of oil puddles, but they can be had to spot when visibility is limited. For these reasons, it’s best to steer clear of all rainwater puddles. Apply Brakes Early and Gradually Motorcyclists need to apply the brakes early and gradually to avoid sliding on the slick, wet roads. Leave plenty of space between your motorcycle and the car in

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It’s summer. You want to party with family and friends—no harm in that right? Oftentimes there is alcohol at these parties and you partake. No big deal. Driving after drinking is a big deal though—right? You hear it all the time to not drink and drive but you’re on your motorcycle so it’s different. The wind is rushing through your hair and on your face. You’ll sober up quickly. Not true of course. You learn that the wind doesn’t sober you up and you don’t have enough time to stop before hitting another vehicle. Sad Story of a Motorcycle Death Back in May 2018, a man was riding his motorcycle on I-84 in Morgan County Utah. He rode a Yamaha VM7 motorcycle. The article mentioned that he wore a helmet. Why is it necessary to mention if the motorcyclist wore a helmet? But I digress. According to the crash report, the motorcyclist was traveling “at an extremely high rate of speed”. The driver of the motorcycle left the roadway and hit the cable barrier. He was thrown from the motorcycle into the westbound lanes. The man was identified as a 46-year-old man. He died on the scene. The Utah Highway

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As summer is in full swing, it is hard to keep every activity straight. We have done it for you for that reason! We know that summers are hectic and events tend to be overlooked. Take a look at these July events and mark your calendars! Angel’s Hand Foundation 16th Annual MC Ride July 14, 2018 at Murray City Fire in Murray, UT at 7:00 a.m. With 30-minute stops, the ride will be approximately 4-5 hours. Last stop will be at Kennecott offices in Copperton, Utah with last prizes, poker draw. We will stage here to make entrance through Copperton Park where the AHF car show will be in progress. 6th Annual Hal Wing Memorial Ride July 14, 2018 at Utah Department of Public Safety in Salt Lake City, UT at 7:30 a.m. There is a $30 entry fee! All proceeds will go to the Honoring Heroes Foundation which supports families of fallen law enforcement officers and employees of the Utah Department of Public Safety. There will be a shirt, breakfast, and lunch provided at this event! Bike Night July 17, 2018 at The UNION Tavern in Midvale, UT at 7:00 p.m. Come out at join us yet for another

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It’s coming up to that time of year where many people are moving around the country. One of our employees is moving to Michigan this summer. There are so many moving parts to moving (no pun intended)! Your motorcycle is one thing that you need to bring to your new life but how? The obvious is to ride it. However, what if you are moving from California to Maine? Do you want that much wear and tear on your bike? Are you going to haul any other valuables behind your bike? The answers to both questions is—probably not. Let us help you figure out the best way to move your bike. Moving the Bike We all know that moving something heavy is not necessarily cost effective. However, there are few waysyou to get your precious motorcycle to the other side of the country. A Trailer: There are specific trailers for motorcycle transport. You get that trailer and attach it to the back of whatever vehicle you are driving. This is a little bit easier than a few other methods of moving because the trailer is its own entity. Don’t worry about it crushing your other items or moving around unnecessarily.

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Humans think that they can do anything. Multitasking is something that humans take pride in. Want to know something funny about that? Humans are horrible at multitasking. David L. Strayeris a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. He studies how distracted driving affects people. He is an expert because he has been studying this topic for over two decades. Strayer has a lot to say about how humans cannot multitask and how dangerous both are when driving. The Numbers There are many studies out there that talk about how distracted driving affects people. A lot of those numbers go over our heads and we dismiss them. However, this statistic he cites in this article is not crazy. “National estimates suggest roughly 20,000 people die each year in distracted-driving cases.” To make it a little easier to understand, Strayer equates that number to the number in the University of Utah’s undergraduate class. That puts it in a better perspective doesn’t it? What It Takes to Drive Safely Scanning – Scanning the road is an important task while driving. When distracted, you don’t scan for possible dangers on the road. Predicting – When distracted, you will

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On Tuesday, a 23-year-old motorcycle driverdied after being in a collision of State Street in Salt Lake City, UT. The crash occurred on Saturday June 16, 2018 around noon time. What Happened Marcos Villagrana, the motorcycle rider, was driving down State Street in South Salt Lake when an SUV made a U-turn in front of him. Unable to stop, Villagrana crashed into the back of the SUV. The injuries sustained in the crash were life threatening to the motorcycle driver. The article reported that the motorcycle driver was not wearing a helmet. However, there was no mention of whether or not the driver of the SUV wearing their seatbelt. Why is it important that the article mentions that the motorcycle driver was wearing a helmet or not? The crash is still under investigation. Utah Law In Utah the law will provide a remedy for the motorcycle rider—let’s look at the possibilities. First—was the U-turn restricted? The law states that a driver cannot make a U-turn 41-6a-802.  Turning around — Where prohibited — Visibility.  (1) As used in this section, “railroad grade crossing” means the area between the passive or active warning signs where a railroad track and roadway intersect. (2) The

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to require motorcyclists under age 21 to wear helmets. Lawmakers facetiously considered an amendment to allow an exemption to the law but only if motorcyclists are registered organ donors. It may sound like a joke, but it would send a “serious message” to motorcyclists who choose not to wear helmets. Young adult brains are still developing through ages 18, 19 and 20, and requiring the safety standard until age 21 would save more young lives by preventing risky behavior. Several lawmakers argued against the bill, worried that the new law would encroach on personal freedoms. Libertarian argument breaks down” when considering that a motorcyclist’s decision to not wear a helmet impacts not only him if he gets into an accident and dies or sustains brain damage. It also impacts his friends, family and perhaps taxpayers if his treatment has to be paid for through the government. “It seems like a small price to pay,” Hawkes said. “If it saves even one or two lives, that has to weigh in the balance.” Utah Helmet Laws 41-6a-1505. A person under the age of 21 may not operate or ride the following on

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It’s midafternoon and you’re cruising down the highway on your new motorcycle, loving the feel of the fresh air whipping across your face. You’re lost in your thoughts and the gorgeous Utah scenery when suddenly–you hear a siren behind you. It takes a moment before you realize that a police car is stopping you. But why? If you’re biking in Utah (and if you aren’t you should be!) you need to have a basic familiarity with Utah motorcycle laws. The last thing you want to deal with on your ride is a chat with a local policeman.  The laws are straightforward and easy to follow once you know them Mostly, motorcycles have the same laws as cars and trucks on the roadway. There are important laws specific to motorcycles, however that are important to know: A motorcycle can only pass a vehicle in front by changing lanes; Motorcycles cannot ride over two side-by-side in one lane; Passengers can only ride on bikes designed to carry more than one person; Motorcycles may use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes; Motorcycles cannot “lane share” or ride between rows of vehicles or lanes of traffic; (there has been some discussion in the legislature

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A motorcycle crash is a traumatic experience. Many motorcyclists find that they still have the desire to ride after a crash. However, they aren’t sure how long to wait before hopping back on their bike. When should you try riding again after a crash? Here’s how to tell when the time is right: Talk to Your Doctor It’s never a good idea to get back on a motorcycle after a crash without talking to your doctor first. Your doctor is the only one who will know whether or not it is physically safe for you to ride again. If you are still recovering from injuries sustained in the crash, your doctor may think it is best for you to wait until your condition has improved even further. Schedule An Inspection It’s not safe to ride a damaged motorcycle. Take your bike in to a mechanic prior to riding for the first time after a crash. Do not assume the motorcycle is safe to ride simply because there is no visible damage. It is hard for the untrained eye to detect some types of damage, which is why it’s best let a mechanic handle the inspection. If the motorcycle is not

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