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08/13/05 - Lufkin

Motorcycle Safety

You can see motorcycles on the road everyday, and many experts say only a small percentage of riders wear helmets. According to reports, the number of motorcycle fatalities across the nation is increasing and many believe this comes as a result of the lack of helmet laws.

In Texas, you don't have to wear a helmet if you meet certain requirements. Department of Public Safety Trooper Greg Sanches told us about one of those requirements. "If you're 21 or older, you can ride a motorcycle without a helmet if you meet certain requirements, one being that if you have $10,000 worth of health insurance or if you take an approved state motorcycle safety course."

Even though many motorcycle riders don't wear their helmets, there are others who don't understand why they aren't worn. Mike Jones of Ross Motorsports said, "I don't get on the motorcycle without it."

Many drivers are leery of driving next to motorcycles, but there are things motorists can do to help ensure the safety of both the biker and yourself. Jones suggests, "Give the motorcyclist some room to maneuver, don't crowd them."

And there are some safety tips that bikers can follow to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Trooper Sanches says, "Motorcycle riders have to be really aware of their surroundings. They have to be on the lookout...making sure that they're seen.

While nationally the number of fatalities continues to increase, the Department of Public Safety says that they aren't seeing that same trend here in east Texas.

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