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post #1 of 30 Old 03-25-2014, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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BEWARE! They're out there!

Just wanted to post this item of interest, not for entertainment purposes, but as a way of reminding all that Spring is (officially, anyway) here and the riding season has started. People in a lot of places won't be looking out for motorcycles yet, after the winter layoff from riding, so we will have to be on the lookout for them. So, it's heads up, eyes out there scanning, and hand/feet ready at the controls to take proper action/reaction. And never forget, your best weapon of defense is located on top of your shoulders. Use it to your best advantage and make this a safe as possible riding season. Cheers.

Collision with SUV in Boise sends motorcyclist to hospital | Boise, Garden City, Mountain Home | Idahostatesman.com

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That's a somber but excellent reminder, thank you.

In semi-related news, my sis in D.C. was neighbors with a divorced mom of two, who was hit by a texter while jogging a couple weeks ago. Tragic. Fortunately the community raised $50k in just two weeks, but that'll be no consolation to her girls as they grow up without a mom.

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Hmm, this is going to be difficult. How to prepare for random, nearly unavoidable events?
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" Marsha Jones, a 56-year-old Boise woman, was cited for misdemeanor inattentive driving.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/03/24/3098277/collision-with-suv-in-boise-sends.html?sp=/99/101/102/#storylink=cpy"

Disgusting. Misdemeanor inattentive driving. There must be a stronger offense to cite her with.

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There has recently been a rash of motorcycle accidents on our local freeways out here and I have noticed the number of riders has been growing but out here it is due more to daylight savings than weather. But the same cautions apply.

I, for one, do not like lane splitting after dark on the freeway.
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This accident happened in the daytime and the rider was not lanesplitting. This was a turn into a motorcycle by a texting woman.

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Disgusting. Misdemeanor inattentive driving. There must be a stronger offense to cite her with.
You would hope so.
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The guy who pulled out in front of me didn't get cited.

I was lucky I was alert and he finally woke up.

Instead of being paralyzed or dead, I came away with a shattered lower left leg.

I consider myself lucky.

Be alert and be ready to jump...literally!
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I always maintain that you can't make motorcycling safe, but you can make it wafer by keeping your wits about you and wearing good safety riding apparel. There are too many other idiots out there on the streets and roads, and while we can be sure of ourselves, we can't ever be sure about anyone else. My riding mantra is, "ride with the notion that everyone else out there is about to do something incredibly stupid, and it will involve me." So far, it seems to be a good concept to ride by. But as long as we can't be 100% sure that nothing unfortunately will happen, we can't relax, tempting though it maybe. Even 99% isn't enough as there's no way to account for the marauding 1%. Be safe, brothers and sisters.

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On the brighter side, I'm seeing more and more bumper stickers that say:

"Look Twice, Save a Life. Motorcycles are Everywhere."

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