House Transportation Committee Gives Green Light to Grove Motorcycle Safety Legislation
1/18/2012
HARRISBURG – The House Transportation Committee today approved legislation authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) that would require young drivers seeking a Class M (motorcycle) junior driver’s license to complete a PennDOT-approved motorcycle safety course.

“Learning to ride a motorcycle is different from learning to drive a car because there is no opportunity for an experienced passenger to assist in the on-the-road teaching process,” said Grove. “Motorcyclists must be extra vigilant because many accidents are caused by other drivers who do not see the motorcycle or heed the right of way. The goal of my legislation is to cut down on the number of motorcycle crashes and deaths we see every year.”

As of 2010, more than 800,000 Pennsylvania residents held a Class M license. From 2001 to 2008, the number of students trained in PennDOT’s free Motorcycle Safety Program significantly increased, but the program saw a decline in participation in 2009 and again in 2010. Nearly 4,000 motorcycle accident injuries were sustained in Pennsylvania in 2010, and 223 motorcycle crash deaths occurred that year.

“Operating a motorcycle is inherently different than driving a car because you have to be prepared for every curve, dip and bend in the road. Even a patch of gravel can take you down, without the protection of metal, plastic and airbags found on other vehicles.” said Grove. “This legislation is about training young motorcyclists for the joy and the responsibility of the open road. An individual not taking the free safety course could end up paying with his or her life.”

Grove noted that registration for the 2012 Motorcycle Safety Program will begin at the end of February. Those interested in participating can learn more at www.pamsp.com.

House Bill 254 has the support of the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) of Pennsylvania and the York County Motorcycle Safety Council. The legislation will now go before the full House for consideration.

More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at RepGrove.com or Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
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