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Oklahoma passes motorcycle safety bill

Posted On Wed, April 7, 2010

Motorcycle-related deaths have been on the rise in Oklahoma and government officials have responded by passing a bill to improve motorcycle safety.

Oklahoma's state legislature passed two measures to prevent motorcycle related deaths. Gunner's Bill will take effect on November 1 and will impose a $3 fee to costs associated to repairing a motorcycle. The fee will be contributed to a fund that focuses on motorcycle safety and education. The bill was named after Robert Gunner, a motorcyclist who died in 2009.

The second measure will take effect on July 1 and will create the Advisory Committee for Motorcycle Safety and Education, Insurance Journal reports.

The number of motorcycle registrations in Oklahoma continues to climb, giving state legislators even more incentive to pass the motorcycle safety bill, Insurance Journal reports.

In March, Oklahoma's Edmond Police Department received a $150,000 grant courtesy of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office that will be used to educate motorcycle riders. Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks told the Edmond Sun that during the past decade motorcycle rider deaths in the state increased more than 250 percent. "One of the main ingredients in deterring and preventing motorcycle deaths is education," Ricks said.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19709107-ADNFCR

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