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Camp Pendleton to Offer Safety Training to Marine Riders

Following multiple fatal crashes involving Marines in Southern California, officials of Camp Pendleton decided to offer special motorcycle safety training. This summer, three marines passed away in motorcycle collisions in the greater San Diego area. According to John Waltmon, the Traffic Safety Manager for United States Marine Corps, "a lot of it has to do with inability to stop or control the motorcycle." The program offered at Camp Pendleton is designed to teach situational awareness while riding motorcycles. As many riders can confirm, so much of experienced motorcycle riding revolves around predicting other drivers' decisions. Too often are motorcyclists struck by drunk drivers whose behavior is often unpredictable on the road.

The Battle For Bicycle Safety Continues

The battle over traffic efficiency and traffic safety rages on as the city of Los Angeles struggles to find creative ways to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety. Construction of "Road diets" and lane reductions to force reduced speeds for safer traveling and reduced likelihood of fatal accidents have been met with great criticism, to say the least. Complaints of increased commute times from infuriated South Bay residents have flooded City Hall over a specific road diet slowing traffic in Playa Del Rey to an absolute crawl during early commuter hours. The Westport Condominium Association filed suit in complaint of the impact on their properties. Despite the efforts of the city to increase traffic safety, the lane was restored to allow greater traffic flow to accommodate those affected by the road diet.

72-year-old woman sentenced in DUI death of toddler

A 72-year-old Los Angeles county woman was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 10, to six years in prison. Earlier that day, she entered in a guilty plea on vehicular manslaughter charges at Los Angeles County's Airport Courthouse. She had been accused of striking a stroller carrying the 15-month-old son of a Swedish mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter while intoxicated at the wheel on Sept. 3, 2016.

Safety tips that can help motorcyclists avoid accidents

Many Southern Californians have taken to riding motorcycles in recent years as a way to get around the ever-present traffic jams that seem to exist in every major city across the region. Currently in California, there are 1.3 million licensed motorcycle operators.

103-Year-Old Woman Takes First Motorcycle Ride

While many people dismiss riding motorcycles as reckless or dangerous given the number of traffic fatalities involving motorcycle collisions, some relish the notion of riding with the wind against their jackets. 103-year-old woman Bert Mullenbach dreamt of riding a motorcycle for years, not once believing she would ever do it. When the opportunity arose, Mullenbach accepted the offer of her lifetime from her dentist. Fred Carlson took Mullenbach for a tour around Rochester, Minnesota to let her experience the thrill of a true motorcycle ride. All leathered up, they traveled for miles around town.

When tires blow

Overall, tires do an excellent job of keeping cars on the road and rolling us forward. But they do have problems, and these problems can lead to serious injury and even death. They blow out violently. They deflate suddenly. The treads split. Bubbles erupt. They lose the battle against potholes, sharp objects and debris.

Bicycle accidents have risen steadily since 1997

Bicycle injuries have risen steadily in the last two decades, with increasing emergency room visits and hospital admissions. Older men have been specifically affected as street crashes with vehicles and other objects are becoming the leading cause of bicycle-related injuries.

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