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.
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.
Elvecia Ramos is the founder of the Riderz Foundation. This foundation focuses on three things: people that have been in crashes, education on how to stay safe riding and promote safety awareness to everyone on the road. Ramos started this foundation after being in a motorcycle accident herself. She and a friend were riding in a fundraiser for a friend that had just been in an accident. A car hit Ramos and her friend. Ramos took a year to get back on the bike.
Why is Motorcycle Safety Important?
Ramos and other motorcyclists that have been in accidents still want to ride. Why would they want to ride after a traumatic experience? “Ramos said she got back on a bike because of the feeling of freedom that comes with it and because it is ‘meditative.'” It's a time for motorcycle riders to escape their normal lives and drive on open roads. One biker says that he loves to ride his motorcycle because you can't get the same smell in a car. You can't smell the rain or the trees in a car. Having stricter laws will allow for bikers to enjoy their motorcycle passtime.
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