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14NR02 - MRF News Release - Black Box Bill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
21 Jan. 2014
Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public
The United States Senate is addressing privacy concerns
surrounding data event recorders in automobiles. Event Data
Recorders (EDRs), commonly known as “black boxes” are almost
standard equipment in all new cars and trucks. They record
everything the vehicle is doing, or not doing at the time of
a collision or other on road mishap. The boxes can record
everything from speed and vehicle angle, to seat-belt use.
U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
have introduced legislation, S.1925, to make the data
recorder the sole property of the vehicle owner. Anyone else
would need a subpoena to access the data. The data would
also be available should the vehicle owner consent to data
retrieval or for traffic safety research.
“Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and that
poses new risks to personal privacy and new concerns for the
public,” Hoeven said. “While EDRs can serve a useful
function by helping to make cars and streets safer, access
to the data should be treated as personal except under very
specific circumstances. Our bill makes clear what those
circumstances are and helps to ensure that government and
other entities respect the Fourth Amendment rights of
The Senate legislation is similar to the bill currently
being worked on by the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R.
2414. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation supports both pieces
of legislation and encourages you to contact your elected
officials in the House and Senate and ask them to cosponsor
these important bills.
ASK A COP: Damn Those Deafeningly Loud Motorcycles
What's it take to give a ticket to unmuffled cycles that rattle the earth and
destroy any chance of enjoying nature?
by Brad Kava (Editor) , January 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Every week Patch passes on your questions to law enforcement officers. Email
yours to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi I would like to know why CHP and local law enforcement
agencies do not enforce muffler violations on those motorcyclists on Harley
Davidson bikes seem to always ignore. Was behind one the other day in the fast
lane doing 65 plus and he passed me like I was standing still! The noise almost
broke the windows, He had no mufflers whatsoever, just straight pipes! Why is
Answer from CHP officer Bradley Sadek:
Often we will observe a mechanical violation (ie: Illegal
lighting, loud exhaust, tinted windows) and issue a "Fix-It ticket." The
unfortunate fact is, often those violators will correct the deficiency, get the
citation signed off and paid for, then reinstall the equipment that got them the
ticket in the first place.
It is also important to remember, just because a law exists,
doesn't mean it isn't violated. We get this question often relating to window
tint. Just because motorists observe a lot of tinted windows doesn't mean we
aren't enforcing that law, and the same is true for loud motorcycles and
With motorcycle exhaust, it can be a bit more tricky. Unfortunately our hands
are tied up, just a bit.
(Info from AAA's website)
California Vehicle Code sections 27201 and 27202 established the following:
A noise limit of 92 decibels applies to any motorcycle
manufactured before 1970. A noise limit of 88 decibels applies to motorcycles
manufactured after 1969 and before 1973; 86 decibels applies to motorcycles
manufactured after 1972 and before 1975; 83 decibels applies to motorcycles
manufactured after 1974 and before 1986; 80 decibels applies to motorcycles
manufactured after 1985.
Motorcycles registered in the state that are manufactured on
or after 2013 or have an aftermarket exhaust system manufactured on or after
2013 must have the federal EPA noise emission label affixed to it in order to be
operated, used, or parked in the state.
However, in order for us to enforce these regulations we are
required to have a calibrated decibel meter! Psss..... we don't have calibrated
What we do have is section 27150 (a) which requires every
motor vehicle to be equipped with "An adequate muffler in constant operation and
properly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise."
So what is excessive and unusual noise? If we can hear it from
a distance of 50 feet, at freeway speeds, with our windows rolled up, and it is
still uncomfortably loud, that is enough for us to stop that motorcycle for
excessive exhaust noise.
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January 24, 2014
PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON AB 60 REGULATIONS
On Tuesday, January 28, 2014,
the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will
conduct the first public workshop to assist in the
development of regulations related to the implementation of
AB 60, the state law that directs DMV to issue driver
licenses to undocumented California residents.
The workshop is scheduled to begin at
10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Secretary of
State Building located at 1500 11th
Street, in Sacramento.
Assembly Bill AB 60 (Chapter 524:
Statutes of 2013) requires the department to issue an
original driver license to an applicant who is unable to
submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United
States. Driver license applicants under AB 60 must meet all
other qualifications for licensure and must provide
satisfactory proof of identity and California residency.
AB 60 also requires the department to
develop regulations and consult with interested parties in
an effort to assist the department in identifying documents
that will be acceptable for the purposes of providing
documentation to establish identity and residency.
At the workshop, any interested person
may present statements, arguments, or contentions (orally,
in writing or both) that are relevant to the development of
the regulations as required by AB 60. A full agenda will be
provided prior to the workshop and will be available on the
DMV’s web site.
Participation in the workshop will be
in addition to, and not in substitution for, any
participation in the formal rulemaking process.
A live webcast of the workshop will be
available. For a direct link, please visit the DMV web page
during the workshop.
A second workshop will be held on
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6250 Pine Avenue, Bell, CA. 90201.
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California City Weighs Keeping Red Light Cameras Despite
Independent analysis finds red light cameras increased
accidents in Walnut, California.
Walnut, California's city council decided earlier this month
to keep red light cameras clicking beyond the automated ticketing contract's
February 27 expiration date. In the face of renewed questions over the program's
effectiveness, the council renewed the contract with scandal-plagued Redflex
Traffic Systems for just three months as councilmen weigh the evidence. The
Australian firm has been mailing tickets, now $500 each, since 2007.
"Photo enforcement programs will typically cause an increase
in rear-end type collisions and cause a decrease in broadside type collisions,"
city management analyst Rosalea Layman admitted in a memo to the city council.
According to the city's analysis, rear end collisions
increased 53 percent from 5.7 to 8.7 accidents per year and broadsides dropped
21 percent from 1.4 to 1.1. By the city's own figures, one non-injury broadside
collision was traded for 21 rear end collisions, several of which involved
injuries. After the cameras were activated, the city installed dedicated right
and left turn lanes to improve traffic flow. The city blamed the rear end
collision increase on the traffic improvements, but credited the cameras alone
with the broadside collision result.
Not so fast says Jay Beeber, Executive Director of Safer
Streets LA. Beeber decided to double-check the city's analysis against ten
years' data from the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic
Records System database of traffic collisions (five years before and five years
after). The numbers show broadside collisions did not decrease, they doubled.
"No argument can be made that photo enforcement has improved
safety at this intersection or within the city of Walnut," Beeber wrote. "In
fact, the use of red light cameras appears to have decreased safety and put
roadway users at increased risk."
Beeber faulted the city for relying on inaccurate measures of
the camera's performance.
"Since not all broadside collisions are caused by a red light
violation and not all red light violations result in a broadside collision,
using the general category of broadside collisions rather than the more specific
category of collisions caused by red light running will provide erroneous
results," Beeber wrote. "However, since the staff report provided for the city
council meeting on January 8th evaluated broadside collisions, data on those
types of crashes were also evaluated."
The state data show red light-running collisions increased 400
percent at the photo enforced intersection. Over the same ten-year period, there
was no red-light related accident increase at the other intersections in Walnut.
Contrary to the city's assertion that broadside accidents are more serious, the
lone red-light related collision that happened at the monitored location prior
to camera activation was minor and involved no visible injuries.
Redflex issued 5053 tickets worth $2.4 million last year,
about 70 percent of which were given to vehicles photographed turning right on
Local Businessman Wins Harley-Davidson Auction ... Twice
That's two motorcycles in two years with the money going to charity -- and no,
he doesn't ride.
Posted by Penny Arévalo (Editor) , January 27, 2014 at 09:46
San Juan Capistrano businessman Joe Verde and his new Harley.
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Next Previous Slideshow Download A San Juan Capistrano businessman walked away
Sunday with a Harley-Davidson after winning a charity auction in New Orleans
this weekend, but what’s even more remarkable is that it’s his second such win
in two straight years.
Joe Verde, president of the Joe Verde Sales & Marketing Group
in San Juan Capistrano, bid $27,000 for a 2013 Heritage Softail Classic
Anniversary Edition at the National Auto Dealers Association annual convention.
Last year, Verde paid $26,000 for 2011 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
at the convention held in Orlando, Fla.
Money raised by the auction benefits the Wounded Veterans
Initiative of Oceanside-based Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit
organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with
disabilities, in this case, specifically for veterans.
“I’m a veteran. My dad was a veteran, and my son and grandkids
are all veterans,” said Verde in a NADA press release. “I appreciate everything
all the men and women in the armed forces do for all of us.”
Verde is still in New Orleans, so Verde Group Marketing
Manager Heather Flower fielded some questions.
No, Verde doesn’t ride motorcycles, she said. The Laguna
Niguel resident actually returned the motorcycle to the auctioneer so it could
raise even more money for Canine Companions, Flower said. The subsequent online
auction raised another $11,900 for the cause.
See video of Verde bidding and winning the 2013 auction here.
Motorcycle survivor plans to change state helmet laws
St. Petersburg, Florida -- A motorcycle crash survivor has
exceeded doctors' expectations and wants to re-write state helmet laws.
"That helmet saved my life. There are no ifs, ends, or buts
about it," said Albert Grella.
Last March, Grella swerved to miss his brother, who was riding
in front of him while they were riding through Miami with their friend to the
"I quickly swerved around him and looked over my shoulder, but
I didn't see the telephone pole in front of me," said Grella. "I was thrown 65
feet they told me."
He broke his neck, both collar bones, both arms, both legs,
and many other bones.
"They flew me to Jackson Memorial Hospital to put me back
together," said Grella.
He was in surgery for 30 hours.
"He should have been paralyzed, or worse," said his physical
therapist, Kenneth Olan at Southern Pines Health Care Center.
After his surgery, Grella's brother and friend drove him in
their car to Southern Pines Health Care Center in New Port Richey to be closer
to home for his therapies.
"We worried when they got here about his transportation here,
but his friends wanted to do [it] because no one could afford the hospital to do
it, because it costs thousands of dollars to transfer someone," said Olan.
Olan and his partners at Southern Pines worked with Grella
"Some days were challenging, because he thought he would be
stuck in his horrible condition forever, but we started seeing incredible
improvements," said Olan. "First, he accomplished moving from his bed to his
wheelchair, and then would be in the chair for an hour, and that seemed
Grella did the impossible and continued to baffle doctors with
his healing process.
"I say good friends, good therapists, and prayers got me
through this," said Grella.
After ten months, he is ready to leave and live independently.
"I am not only walking and driving, but I am ready to get back
on a motorcycle and ride up to Tallahassee and get them to change the helmet
law," said Grella. "I will never ride again without a helmet, and no one else
Grella has been riding his bike since he was 17 years old. He
is now 67.
"In 50 years, I only wore my helmet on long trips," said
He knows that convincing his friends to sign a petition to
change the law so they all have to wear their helmets will be tough.
"It's your life, though!" said Grella. "I know it's freedom, I
know the wind in your hair, the macho look, but it's not worth it. They have not
experienced what I went through."
Florida law states you must wear a helmet if you are under 21
years old, but you are not required to wear it if you are over 21 and you have
medical insurance of $10,000 that covers motorcycle related injuries.
'Cruizin' for Crime Stoppers' motorcycle ride raises funds
01/26/2014 •By: Christina Noce
Hundreds of motorcycles cruised through Palm Beach County on
Sunday in an effort to fight crime.
Every year, Crime Stoppers holds a fundraiser so they can
continue to offer cash rewards to anonymous callers who report crimes in their
They are the eyes that keep watch of the roads and keep your
But today, Palm Beach County law enforcement agencies were on
the road for a different reason.
"It's our road for an hour and a half, it's a beautiful ride
for a 100 mile ride,” said Sergeant Jim Defago with the Palm Beach County
Crime Stoppers’ annual motorcycle ride gives officers and
community members the chance to ride together for a great cause.
The money raised will pay for reward donations given to
anonymous callers who call the Crime Stopper’s tip line.
Police say even traffic complaints like speeding or reckless
driving can help them get a dangerous person off the road.
"We might be out there looking for something different or in
the wrong corner or in the wrong area,” said Jim Theel with the Palm Beach
County Sheriff’s Office.
Tips that were called in to the hotline this month alone led
to 251 arrests and closed 359 unsolved cases.
Jacksonville billboard a reminder of war’s actual cost
This billboard beside Lejeune Boulevard reminds drivers about
Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of war taken captive by the Taliban in 2009.
John Althouse / The Daily News By THOMAS BRENNAN Daily News
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM. For some,
five years is simply unacceptable.
Bowe Bergdahl, a 27-year-old sergeant in the Army’s 1st
Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment out of Fort Richardson, Alaska, was captured
by the Taliban during his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan.
Now, almost five years after being held captive in an unknown
location, the local chapter of Rolling Thunder — which advocates for prisoners
of war and those missing in action — wants others to know the story behind
Bergdahl’s face on a billboard beside one of Jacksonville’s busiest roads.
The billboard features a photograph of Bergdahl before
captivity and his date of capture. The posting was funded by POWbracelets.com
“I’m not going to say it’s nice, but it makes my heart feel
good that our community is being made aware of Bowe’s status,” said Paul
Levesque, the president of the local Rolling Thunder chapter. “I’m sure the
billboard’s location being so busy and right near the Lejeune Memorial Gardens
means that he gets the attention he deserves.”
Having spoken out in the community about Bergdahl and his
status as a POW since 2009, Levesque said he hopes the billboard continues to
broaden the public’s knowledge of Bergdahl and his sacrifice.
Recognition for POW/MIAs
By Dave Eisenstadter | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JANUARY 26, 2014
Rolling Thunder, a national nonprofit organization dedicated
to prisoners of war and those missing in action and their families, has asked
Dedham to participate in the group’s program of putting out empty chairs to
honor lost members of the armed services. Dedham selectmen unanimously agreed at
a meeting on Jan. 16. Since World War I, there have been nearly 92,000 missing
POWs, according to Rolling Thunder President Joe D’Entremont. “That’s a lot of
families that don’t have closure,” he said at the meeting. An American flag will
be posted with the chair, along with a plaque dedicating it to the missing
serviceman. Selectman James MacDonald said an empty chair is a powerful symbol.
“It’s something that brings awareness, and I commend you for bringing that to
Dedham,” MacDonald said at the meeting.
Send-Off- Army 747 MP CO - Ware, MA 1 FEB ’14
The 474 MP CO has requested our presence at the deployment ceremony
for their Company.
DATE: Saturday, 1 FEB ’14
AT: Ware High School or the Ware Armory (To be determined).
139 West St (Rte 32)
Ware, MA 01802
(Note that there are two Dunkin Donuts in close proximity)
STAGING TIME: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Saturday 1 February
BRIEFING: 9:00 AM
We will then proceed to the deployment ceremony to honor those
Ride Captain: Rick Prater email@example.com
——Flags will be provided———
SAVE THE DATE!!
join us for a nice back roads ride thru the South
Shore in Honor of Medal of Honor Recipient Jared C.
Monti. All funds raised go to the Jared C. Monti
Memorial Scholarship Fund. Food, raffles, Music by
Money Shot. $20.00 per person. Registration starts
at 9:30 am ride leaves at noon!!
SAVE THE DATE!!
31 May 2014
More details to follow, working out after party
location, bands etc. Will have link up to purchase
tickets next week! Thanks for all the support!!
V4V the 501(c)3 that runs the Holyoke Soldiers Home
Motorcycle Run is looking for someone who has a financial
background to join our team as a Treasurer for the group.
Please let us know if you are interested in possibly joining
our team. The treasurer will need to have a financial
background, be able to commit time to take care of the
banking needs of the non profit and file all IRS/State
required reporting documents. The treasurer will also need
to be able to pass a CORI check. Please let us know if you
would be interested in joining our team
For immediate release - January 21, 2014
For more information, contact
Event Flyer attached
MA) The 15th annual “Nelson’s
Ride” will wrap-up a 3-day “Bikers
Helping Bikers” weekend motorcycle rally
and fundraiser, running from August 15th
through the 17th at the historic
Topsfield Fairgrounds, announced
Paul W. Cote of Amesbury, president and
co-founder of the Massachusetts
Motorcyclists Survivor’s Fund, Inc. (MMSF).
“Since the year 2000,
with the tragic death of Nelson Selig of
Essex MA, motorcyclists and the local
community have developed a significantly
increased sense of awareness and
importance of sharing the road,” states
Cote, “MMSF was created to reduce
motorcycle accidents and injuries, and
help families of motorcyclists injured
and killed in accidents.”
“Nelson’s Ride” is named
for Nelson Selig, who was killed while
riding on Route 133 in Ipswich in May of
2000 when a 19-year old driver under the
influence crossed the yellow line
colliding head on with his motorcycle.
Proceeds from the “Nelson’s Rides” were
used for aiding and supporting his
children's education. After the 3rd
annual Ride, his family asked that the
Ride in his memory be turned into a way
of helping other families who have been
devastated by the loss of a loved one.
Since then, the proceeds has been
helping others in similar situations. In
2005 and 2006, the historic Fairgrounds
was the “Nelson’s Ride" host site with
over 2,000 attending and contributing to
the Fund those years.
Selig’s death also
spurred motorcyclists into political
activists. A bill seeking to put a
motorcycle awareness module into the
automobile driver training course
curriculum was filed by Senator Bruce
Tarr and Representative Brad Hill,
designated “Nelly’s Bill.” Rallying
other bikers statewide, the bill passed
in 2004 and became “Nelly’s Law.”
The August 15-17 Rally
this year will begin Friday night,
running 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10
a.m. to 9 p.m., and conclude on Sunday
with the 15th annual
“Nelson’s Ride” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This
event has obtained the designation as
the American Motorcyclists Association’s
only “New England Weekend Road Riding
Rally”. There will be guided riding
tours to local attractions, a Vendor
Village of area food and retail vendors,
used motorcycle parts vendors, live
music, motorcycle skills riding rodeo
competitions, and other attractions.
Survivor’s Fund Board of Directors
wanted to give greater New England
riders a "destination"” says Dennis
Palazzo of Rowley, a longtime Board
Member, “to come to Essex County and the
Cape Ann area for a few days rather than
one day. With our 3-day event, they can
come and enjoy all that our area has to
offer. They will be able to shop, eat,
and share the cammaraderie riders have
with each other, while helping MMSF
promote motorcycle awareness and raise
funds to assist local families of
motorcyclists killed and/or seriously
injured in motorcycle accidents.”
Motorcyclists Survivor’s Fund, Inc. (MMSF)
is an all-volunteer run nonprofit
organization which raises funds to help
local families of riders killed or
seriously injured in accidents, and
promote motorcycle safety and awareness
to help reduce accidents, injuries and
fatalities. Since it's inception, MMSF
has produced and assisted in many fund
raising Events, and distributed over
$300,000 to those in need.
SAVE THE DATE!!
SAVE THE DATE
8th Annual Brian's Ride
All proceeds from this event go into the general fund of the SEMMSF to help families of injured or killed motorcyclists.
New location and details to be announced
The excitement for the 8th Annual Brian's Ride is building quickly. But we can't do this all with out YOU! Please share, share, share!! Invite all your friends...riders & non riders.
Volunteers - If you would like to join the team as a volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator Lisa M MacDonald Doran at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
Vendors - If you'd like to set up a booth please contact Wendy Vinal at email@example.com. Vendor space is available for a $50 donation.
Raffle Items - Please contact either Wendy Vinal at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Paska at email@example.com and they will arrange to collect raffle items for Brian's Ride.
Sponsorship - The SEMMSF is now accepting sponsorship for the 8th Annual Brian's Ride. Please contact Samantha Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 774-454-6804 if your business, club or organization is interested in sponsoring the event with a t-shirt or banner sponsorship.
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Harley-Davidson to Open Shop on Vegas Strip
Courtesy of PR Newswire Monday, January 27, 2014
Las Vegas Harley-Davidson is expanding as owners just broke
ground on a new Harley dealership located on the famed Las Vegas Strip. Las
Vegas Harley-Davidson broke ground on a full-line Harley-Davidson dealership on
the famed Las Vegas Strip. A custom Nevada Sesquicentennial-themed motorcycle
celebrating the state's 150th anniversary was revealed as part of the event,
along with details on how one lucky rider will win it at the store's grand
The groundbreaking event welcomed Harley-Davidson owners from
around the city as Las Vegas Harley-Davidson President Don Andress and
Vice-President Timothy Cashman discussed the new location and along with the
help of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, unveiled a custom Nevada
Sesquicentennial-themed motorcycle. Adding to its extreme rarity, Gov. Sandoval
signed the bike shortly after its reveal.
"I am pleased to see one of our great Nevada companies
incorporate the Sesquicentennial into their business strategy," said Gov.
Sandoval. "The design of this one-of-a-kind bike is impressive and I commend Las
Vegas Harley-Davidson for not only creating a showpiece, but also developing a
program that will integrate people and their love of riding into our state's
Set to open this fall, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson will be
located directly on the Las Vegas Strip at 5191 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, just
steps from the famed “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. The 50,000 square-foot space
will feature a dealership, motorcycle rentals and a retail store. The Las Vegas
Strip location will be the brand's third location locally. "We are thrilled to
be opening a new location on the famed Las Vegas Strip," remarked Las Vegas
Harley-Davidson President Don Andress. "We aim to be the world's best
Harley-Davidson dealerships, and this location will be no exception. It will
have the best people, trained, empowered and committed to providing the best
experience to our customers every time."
"We are excited that the Las Vegas Strip will be the place
that customers who want an authentic Harley-Davidson experience can get their
fill," remarked Harley-Davidson North America Vice President Mike Kennedy. "We
are proud that the Nevada Sesquicentennial is being celebrated in one-of-a-kind,
gleaming paint and chrome on an all new Street Glide." Harley-Davidson
enthusiasts have the opportunity to win the Nevada Sesquicentennial-themed
motorcycle, the only design of its kind ever created. Soon, those hoping to take
the bike home will be able to purchase raffle tickets benefitting Nevada 150
Foundation, Inc. The winner will be selected at Las Vegas Harley-Davidson's
grand opening on the Las Vegas Strip this fall. Additional details regarding
price and availability of raffle tickets will be announced shortly. Prior to the
store's opening, the bike will make appearances throughout the year at events
and activities honoring Nevada's Sesquicentennial celebration. Visit
www.hdnv150.com or email email@example.com to receive more information as soon as
it is available.
Chili challenge: Huge turnout empties soup’s supply Saturday
Huge turnout empties soup’s supply Saturday
Rob Domen of Rolling Thunder NC-5 stirs the chili to
perfection during the Screamin' Eagle High Performance Chili Challenge at New
River Harley Davidson in Jacksonville Saturday afternoon.
John Sudbrink / The Daily News By Daily News staff
Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 14:00 PM. About 700
people gathered at the 7th annual Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Chili
Challenge at New River Harley Davidson Saturday afternoon.
Many attendees shared the same goal: to create and vote for
the best chili. Capturing first place was team Lighthouse Keepers; second place
went to team Old Timers; and the People’s Choice award unanimously went to team
Rolling Thunder for their immersive Vietnam jungle display. The turnout was so
great that the event ran out of chili and had to rely on community donations to
continue serving hungry patrons. Other than a small amount of money set aside
for administration costs, $3,300 in proceeds will benefit Semper Fi Fund and
Vesely honored with award from Governor’s Highway Safety
Lt. Mike Vesely with the Hendersonville Police Department was
one of three officers in the state to receive the Governor's Highway Safety Law
Enforcement Partner of the Year award for his work with BikeSafe-NC. MIKE
DIRKS/TIMES-NEWS By Emily Weaver Times-News Staff Writer
Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Last
Modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:14 p.m. Hendersonville Police Lt. Mike
Vesely was one of three officers across the state to earn recognition as a Law
Enforcement Partner of the Year with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
He was chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 municipal law
enforcement candidates who support the goals of GHSP by conducting checkpoints,
participating in GHSP campaigns and kickoff operations.
Vesely received the award at a ceremony on the last day of a
four-day N.C. Highway Safety Symposium in Concord Jan. 16. He was recognized for
his dedication to highway safety, his commitment to keeping the citizens of
North Carolina safe and for his efforts with BikeSafe-NC.
Vesely, an 18-year veteran with the Hendersonville Police
Department, serves as western regional coordinator for the BikeSafe program,
established in 2007 to curb the growing number of motorcyclist fatalities across
After an expansion of the program and a change in the state’s
helmet law in 2009, North Carolina saw the first statewide reduction in
motorcyclist fatalities in five years, according to the BikeSafe website.
N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Stata told
attendees at the symposium that the state saw 18 fewer motorcyclist fatalities
last year than in 2012.
He praised officers for their efforts “that resulted in 60
fewer traffic fatalities, 126 fewer impaired driving fatalities, 18 fewer
motorcyclist fatalities, 43 fewer ‘un-belted’ fatalities and 42 fewer pedestrian
fatalities than in 2012. That doesn’t happen without the hard work and
collaboration of these men and women who are putting it on the line every day
for all N.C. citizens. As I told that group, that’s 289 lives saved and families
kept intact,” he said on a Facebook post after the symposium.
Vesely spearheaded the call to keep motorcyclists safe,
approaching Chief Herbert Blake with the idea of a BikeSafe program a few years
“He said, ‘Make it happen,’” Vesely said, and so he did,
starting the first program of its kind in municipal police forces in Western
North Carolina in 2010. “None of this could have been possible without Chief
Vesely has netted $300,000 in federal grant funding over the
last six years to support and purchase five motorcycles currently employed by
Hendersonville Police Department’s five-man motorcycle unit.
He and his team of assessors now lead workshops on motorcycle
safety at departments throughout the region. The unit has taught 28 classes in
its first three years in Hendersonville.
The GHSP’s Partner of the Year award is given in three
categories to a state partner, a county partner and a local (city) partner.
“The city of Hendersonville (Police Department) and Henderson
County (Sheriff’s Office) are the first and only departments to join forces with
the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, establishing a diversionary
program for motorcycle offenders,” Vesely said.
The program offers motorcyclists a chance to avoid racking up
points on their licenses and paying the high court costs that come with simple
violations such as speeding by taking a BikeSafe course.
Vesely was recognized for his efforts in establishing BikeSafe
programs in Maggie Valley, Franklin County and Brunswick County, and networking
to start a program in Northampton County on the Virginia border.
His wife, Lori, surprised him by dropping in for the awards
luncheon in Charlotte. But even then he didn’t realize he would be honored as
the top city law enforcement officer for highway safety among the state.
“It was surprising to get it,” he said.
He added that he owes a “great deal of gratitude” to Blake and
Capt. Bruce Simonds “for allowing me to leave the department and team to show
our dedication to the communities we serve.”
On Jan. 16, that dedication was honored. Vesely was awarded
the medal of valor from the Hendersonville Police Department in 2010 for
assisting firefighters by rushing to the aid of residents trapped in a burning
boarding house in September 2009. He was honored with a Shield Award by the
Knights of Columbus in 2009.
Vesely lives in Hendersonville with his wife. Together they
have two children, Michael Vesely, a 23-year-old Asheville Fire Academy cadet,
and Mallori Vesely, a 21-year-old student at UNC Wilmington.
Report flags traffic safety law gaps in Pa.
Photo by Sylvester Washington Jr.
Motorcycle Accident in Center on Broadhead Rd
In this Aug. 26, 2013 photo, officials tend to unidentified
victims after a motorcycle accident on Brodhead Road in Center Township.
By the numbers
-1,310 – Motor vehicle fatalities in 2012
-36,242 – Motor vehicle fatalities since 1989
-$8.17B – State’s annual economic cost due to motor vehicle
Source: 2014 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws,
Monday, January 27, 2014 3:30 am
Report flags traffic safety law gaps in Pa. By Natasha
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania needs stronger seat belt laws, more
stringent restrictions on teen drivers and to reinstate a law requiring
motorcyclists to wear helmets, a traffic safety advocacy group concluded in a
new national report.
The 2014 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws grades states
based on 15 traffic safety laws, and it identifies legal gaps that advocates
argue put drivers and the public in danger.
“The Roadmap Report provides practical and proven solutions to
reduce the highway death and injury toll,” Jackie Gillan, president of the
Washington, D.C.-based Highway and Auto Safety Advocates, said in a statement.
After six years of declining, U.S. deaths from motor vehicle
crashes climbed in 2012, the analysis shows. Of some 2.4 million people injured
in car crashes in 2012, nearly 34,000 people died – up 3.3 percent from 2011.
It’s the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 5 and 24, the
Washington, D.C., Illinois, Oregon, Delaware and California
earned some of the highest Roadmap ratings, while South Dakota, Arizona,
Missouri, Iowa and Florida had some of the worst.
Pennsylvania received an overall yellow “caution” rating,
which means the state needs improvement because it doesn’t have enough traffic
safety laws, but isn’t bad enough to reach the red “danger” rating.
The state earned higher marks for its no-texting while driving
law and booster seat rules, and a mixed grade on its teen driving restrictions.
Jenny Robinson, spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, credits the
passage of the Junior Driver Law by state Rep. Kathy Watson of Bucks County with
improving local safety. The law required more hours of behind-the-wheel training
and limited the number of non-family passengers who can travel with young
In 2012 – the first full year the law was in place -- teen car
crash fatalities dropped, with 44 fatalities involving 16- and 17-year-old
drivers in 2012, down from 66 in 2011, PennDOT data shows.
"We’re glad to see positive results for the teen driver law
and the no-texting law,” Robinson by email. “However, we need to share the road
safely, whether in a vehicle, on foot, or on a bike or motorcycle. And the
increase in senior driver deaths is concerning. Pennsylvania has more than 1.7
million drivers who are 65 and older, and the number grows larger each year as
our population ages. It’s more important than ever for senior drivers to assess
and improve their own skills so they can keep driving safer and longer.”
Robinson pointed to at least one traffic safety-related bill
introduced this legislative session: House Bill 109 by state Rep. Chris Ross of
Chester County, which would fine drivers $50 if convicted of careless driving by
engaging in one of several types of distractions, from eating to grooming to
using electronic devices. The bill cleared the House last session on a 184-12
vote but died in the Senate.
Here are the laws the Highway and Auto Safety Advocates group
says would make Pennsylvania’s roads safer:
-Primary enforcement of seat belt law.
Currently Pennsylvania police only ticket drivers for seat
belt violations as a secondary enforcement offense, which means the driver must
already have been pulled over for another offense. State law also requires seat
belts on passengers under 18, and on front-seat passenger drivers ages 18 and
older. Seventeen states don’t have primary enforcement laws for all drivers and
front-seat passengers, and 33 don’t have it for rear-seat passengers.
-All-rider motorcycle helmet law.
Pennsylvania repealed its motorcycle helmet law in 2003, in
response to riders clamoring for their individual rights, and over objections by
groups like AAA Mid-Atlantic. Riders can choose not to wear a helmet as long as
they are age 21 or older and have two years of riding experience or have passed
the state’s Motorcycle Safety Program. Motorcycle crashes account for 15 percent
of all U.S. motor vehicle fatalities, the report states. Nearly 5,000 Americans
died from motorcycle accidents in 2012, including 210 in Pennsylvania.
Thirty-one states don’t have an all-rider motorcycle helmet law.
-More restrictive teen driving requirements.
The Roadmap report argues Pennsylvania should tighten
restrictions on young drivers, including stronger nighttime restriction,
stronger cell phone restrictions and awarding a graduated driver’s license only
to those ages 18 and older. Existing state law requires that new drivers do 65
hours of supervised driving, at least 10 of which must be at night; and doesn’t
allow driving from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for a driver’s first six months. No states
meet the advocacy group’s full list of criteria restricting teen drivers.
-Ignition interlock law for all offenders.
Pennsylvania’s existing law requires those convicted two or
more times of driving under the influence to install an ignition interlock on
their vehicles for one year after their suspension. Thirty-nine states still
need stronger laws to for impaired drivers, the report states.
View the full Roadmap Report at
www.saferoads.org . View the AAA’s Digest
of Motor Laws for all states at
Harley: Michael Fisher named new general manager
Daily Record/Sunday News Updated: 01/28/2014 12:14:29 AM EST
Michael Fisher has been selected as the general manager for
Harley-Davidson's York Vehicle Operations. His position is effective Feb. 17.
Fisher replaces Ed Magee, who announced his resignation last week to pursue
other interests. Fisher joined Harley-Davidson in 1994 as a York County
production employee, and has held several manufacturing leadership roles in
multiple facilities over the years, including director of operations for York,
the company said in a statement. Most recently, Fisher was the director of
manufacturing systems and was responsible for leading the implementation of the
continuous improvement system across all Harley-Davidson manufacturing operations.
Helmet bill warrants support
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 12:01 a.m. .. AP Photo/Mary
South Carolina legislators are being given an opportunity to
save lives and money by making mandatory the use of motorcycle helmets. But
then, they've been given the same opportunity before and passed it by. And Gov.
Nikki Haley follows their flawed line of reasoning on the issue.
It's time for a change.
.Three state representatives, Reps. Wendell Gilliard,
D-Charleston, Seth Whipper, D-North Charleston, and Carl Anderson, D-Georgetown,
pre-filed a bill that would require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets.
They note that the number of motorcycle deaths is growing. Mr.
Gilliard said, "This is about saving lives."
But they also know it will not be popular with motorcycle
groups who say it is their right to decide whether to wear a helmet or not.
ABATE of South Carolina, a bikers' rights group, already is
calling for people to speak out against the bill.
ABATE spokesman Chad Fuller said, "We don't believe that
helmets save lives. Education saves lives."
Well, a person who is educated on motorcycle safety issues
would know that helmets reduce by 37 percent the likelihood of death in a
motorcycle crash. The Centers for Disease Control did extensive statistical
research to arrive at that conclusion.
The independent FairWarning.org reported that in 1997, one of
every 20 traffic deaths was a motorcyclist. By 2010, that surged to one in
Even the S.C. Legislature conceded that helmets improve safety
for motorcycle riders when it passed legislation requiring motorcycle riders
under the age of 21 to wear a helmet.
Mr. Gilliard says it is his duty as a legislator to save lives
if possible. "It's better to be safe, to be proactive, than to be sorry." But
even those people who discount motorcycle death statistics can't discount the
financial cost of motorcycle accidents.
The CDC found that hospital charges for those suffering
traumatic brain injuries were 13 times higher than for motorcyclists with other
injuries. Helmets are designed to prevent traumatic brain injuries.
And about 63 percent of the cost of caring for such traumas is
borne by the public.
Despite common sense, it is assured that the motorcycle lobby
will talk about its freedom to choose not to wear a helmet as if it is somehow
different from requiring motorists to wear seat belts.
And it will say that requiring helmets for people's safety is
the act of a Nanny State, while enforcing speed limits for people's safety is
Reps. Gilliard, Whipper and Anderson are advocating for safer
streets, fewer deaths and fewer patients with expensive traumatic head injuries.
The Legislature and the governor should recognize the value of
the legislation and and support it.
1. Skunk Dots Biker News - Retiring After 20 Great Years
2. 1st Anniversary & Remembrance Poker Run - Godley - Jan 25
3. Benefit/Celebration Of Life for Armadillo Damn Indian - Dallas - Jan 26
4. Benefit for SOM Sunshine - Arlington - Jan 26
5. Wind & Fire MC Chili Cook Off - Dallas - Feb 8
6. Junkyard Dawgs MC 2nd Friday Party - Terrell - Feb 14
7. Bandidos MC Denton Valentine Party & Benefit - Denton - Feb 15
8. Desperados MC Chili Cook Off - Kilgore - Feb 15
9. Chrome Divas Charity Biker Ball - Corpus Christi - Feb 15
10. TST Bikers' Lifestyle Expo & Swap Meet - Fort Worth - Feb 16
11. Phoenix MC DFW 8th Annual Chili Cook off - Venus - Feb 22
12. CMA Fishermen Chilly Chili Ride - Arlington - Feb 22
13. TMRA2 Fish Fry - Dallas - Feb 23
14. Wolverines MC Scavenger Hunt - Dallas - Mar 22
15. BARR 4th Annual Spring Event - Dallas - Mar 23
16. Motorcycle & Accessories Swap Meet - Westminster - Apr 26
1> Skunk Dots Biker News - Retiring After 20 Great Years
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2> 1st Anniversary & Remembrance Poker Run - Godley - Jan 25
1st Anniversary & Remembrance Poker Run
Godley Tx. @ Ali Jo’s & Lonesome Road Leather.
3> Benefit/Celebration Of Life for Armadillo Damn Indian - Dallas - Jan 26
Celebration of Life for Armadillo Damn Indian
Benefitting Foster's Home For Children in Stephensville
Dallas, TX @ VFW Post 4477
4> Benefit for SOM Sunshine - Arlington - Jan 26
As you may know Serpents of Medusa Sunshine was hit by a
drunk driver and medical bills are piling up. Her Sisters would like to
invite everyone to a benefit in Sunshine's honor. Please come out and
support during this time. Rogue Radio will be in rock'en the house down,
great food and most important great company. Love ya Mean it!!! Serpents of
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5> Wind & Fire MC Chili Cook Off - Dallas - Feb 8
Jerry Rushing, 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off
Dallas, TX @ Willies Lounge
Wind & Fire MC, Dallas Chapter 8
6> Junkyard Dawgs MC 2nd Friday Party - Terrell - Feb 14
Feb 14, 7:00 pm JYD club house, 2nd Friday party!!!
Junkyard Dawg MC Clubhouse
200 S. Rockwall Ave.
Terrell, Texas 75160
2nd Friday Party
7> Bandidos MC Denton Valentine Party & Benefit - Denton - Feb 15
Valentine Party & Benefit for Bandido Mike
Denton, TX @ R&G clubhouse
Bandidos MC Denton
8> Desperados MC Chili Cook Off - Kilgore - Feb 15
This will be a BYOB event beer store and liquor store near
Start Cooking @ 1pm, Judging @ 4pm
9> Chrome Divas Charity Biker Ball - Corpus Christi - Feb 15
Charity Biker Ball
Corpus Christi, TX @ Radisson North Beach
Chrome Divas of CC
10> TST Bikers' Lifestyle Expo & Swap Meet - Fort Worth - Feb 16
IT’S LOOKING LIKE IT’S GONNA BE ANOTHER “FULL HOUSE”
OF BARGAINS!! Vendor Spaces Are Over ½ RESERVED ALREADY!!
AT The 5th Annual
Fort Worth Bikers Lifestyle Expo & Swap Meet
February 16th . ALL INSIDE!!
Will Rogers Memorial Center - Small Exhibits Building
SWAP MEET VENDORS - “Bargains!!” on New & Used
Parts & Accessories, Bikes & Tools & Garage “Clean-Outs”
*Closed Motorcycle Shop Liquidations*Parts Wholesalers*
BIKER LIFESTYLE VENDORS -“Deals!!” on Leather &
Jewelry & Ridin’ Clothes & ALL Sorts of “Necessities”
For Every Type Of Motorcycle Enthusiast!!!*Novelties*
Knife Sharpener * Motorcycle Themed “Crafts” & Lot’s More!!
LIVE BAND & COLD BEER - Pete Barbeck & 7th Son * Blues & Rock…
SPONSORED BY - Hank Bauer, Rider & Attorney
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Admission: $8 Adults, $5 Active Military & Kids 5-14, Under 5 - Free
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Location: 3501 Harley Avenue.
Directions: From Downtown Fort Worth, Take I-30 West,
Exit Montgomery, Right on Montgomery 1 mile
Right on Harley Avenue to Small Exhibits Building
Parking: City of Fort Worth Parking, $8 inside Complex or Harley Ave. Lot
across the street from the Small Exhibits Building. Trailers $3
ALSO - AT WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL CENTER FEBRUARY 16
Fort Worth’s Largest Gun Show With Over 1200 Tables Of Firearms
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Texas Scooter Times - 2014 Schedule..
As of January 23 - Subject To Change
February 16 - Fort Worth Bikers Expo & Swap Meet
.....Will Rogers Memorial Center - Small Exhibits Building
March 23 - Coyote Motorcycle Swap Meet
.....Coyote Drive In - 223 N.E. 4th St, Fort Worth
April 13 - Motorcycle Sunday "All Bike Drags"
.....Little River Dragway - Temple
May 3 & 4 - Nostalgia Drags Weekend (Cars & Vintage Nitro & Gas Motorcycles)
…..Little River Drag way - Temple
May 18 - Spring Swap Meet Dallas
.....Longhorn Ballroom - Dallas
October 4 & 5 - Texas Harley Racers Reunion "Gathering & Drags"
.....Little River Dragway - Temple
October 19 - Coyote Motorcycle Swap Meet
.....Coyote Drive In - 223 N.E. 4th St. Fort Worth
11> Phoenix MC DFW 8th Annual Chili Cook off - Venus - Feb 22
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Saturday Feb. 22nd, Noon till ????
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12> CMA Fishermen Chilly Chili Ride - Arlington - Feb 22
Chilly Chili Ride
Arlington, TX @ Cracker Barrel
CMA, Fishermen Chapter
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13> TMRA2 Fish Fry - Dallas - Feb 23
14> Wolverines MC Scavenger Hunt - Dallas - Mar 22
Dallas, TX @ Dallas H-D (ending @ Parks Place, Garland)
contact Iron Mike @ 214-649-3290
15> BARR 4th Annual Spring Event - Dallas - Mar 23
4th Annual Spring Event
Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
BARR / Bikers Against Road Rage
16> Motorcycle & Accessories Swap Meet - Westminster - Apr 26
This event will benefit VA Hospital Vets in Bonham
If Your Car Doesn’t “Talk” . . .
Posted: 20 Jan 2014 08:44 AM PST
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist
Sometime this year, unelected bureaucrats in the
bowels of National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration — the federal regulatory
apparat that issues “rules” (that is,
arbitrary orders we’re all forced to obey)
governing how new cars are to be made — may
issue a rule fundamentally different from all
the rules that have gone before. Because this
one has the potential to affect not-new cars,
But it’s much more — and potentially much
worse — than just that.
It’s called “Vehicle to
Vehicle” communications — V2V for short. It uses
GPS (which almost all new cars already
have) to enable Car A to communicate its
location (as well as speed and direction) to Car
B, so that (as an example) Car B would “know”
that Car A is not stopping for that red
light and thus Car B’s computer-controlled
drivetrain would automatically slow/brake the
vehicle to avoid a collision. (Many
new/late-model cars come equipped with some form
of “active” collision avoidance; that is, using
radar or laser proximity sensors to detect
objects in the vehicle’s path; using automated
braking/steering, the vehicle acts to
prevent an accident in the event the driver
fails to act.)
V2V is the next technological Great Leap
Forward — the critical element necessary to
erect a nationwide grid of completely
self-driving, autonomous cars.
And also broadcasting and
recording cars. V2V-enabled cars could
transmit and record every detail about your
trip, such as how fast you’re driving at all
times (not just a “snapshot”) as well as how
rapidly you accelerate and how rapidly you
brake, your direction — and whether you’re in
motion or stationary — to a central database. Or
to whomever happens to be listening in. The
potential for abuse is staggering; the
diminution of our already almost nonexistent
private space a certainty.
Of course, it will all be sold as a
tremendous advance in (ta-dum) safety.
The consequences of driver error will be greatly
reduced. Lives will be saved.
The angels will sing.
But there’s a fly in the soup — from NHTSA’s
perspective: Older cars do not have the
technological wherewithal to “talk” to other
cars, much less be part of an autonomous grid.
Nor are they set up for continuous monitoring.
What will happen to them?
In this era of Submit & Obey, of the
immutable and unchallengeable Safety Cult, I
expect what will happen is that a few years
after V2V becomes mandatory in new cars, there
will be talk — followed by action — requiring
that all cars be V2v enabled or be relegated to
Or the crusher.
It will be argued that cars without V2V are
unsafe — because they are independent
of the grid, controlled by their drivers, not by
It may not even be done formally, via a law
or regulation. The insurance mafia could simply
add a surcharge to the policies of cars
without V2V. They do this already for policies
issued — that is, forced upon us — for
high-performance cars (and motorcycles) making
them unaffordable for most drivers and riders
under 35. The same justification could be used
to shove pre-V2V vehicles into the proverbial
dustbin of history.
Crazy talk? The insurance mafia has been
aggressively pushing in-car monitoring of
policyholders’ driving habits for several years
here). It is something made technologically
cheap and easy to do via the data recorders and
onboard diagnostics systems that virtually all
new cars have already. The insurance
mafia has not insisted — yet — that
everyone’s car be monitored. In part because the
concept of monitoring still bothers enough
Americans to keep it at bay. But when the
government mandates it, via V2V, the
insurance mafia will have what it needs to
force-feed monitoring by way of surcharges for
those who resist by not buying a new car
ready-made with V2V GPS transmitting/recording
V2V is a surge — an escalation —
against older cars still under the control of
their owners, whose driving is not subject to
real-time, 24-7 monitoring and pre-emption.
As already mentioned, V2V — integrated with
automatic braking/steering and so on — will
enable not just crash avoidance but also driver
usurpation. Your Future Car could just as easily
be turned off — remotely — as it is turned on by
you. This is something “law enforcement” is
champing at the bit for. Ostensibly, it would
mean the end of the high-speed chase. And this
is how it will be sold. Once again, safety.
But it will also mean your car — all our cars —
could be rendered inert/immobile at any time,
for any reason. And in a police state — which is
what America has become, by any reasonable
standard — that’s scary. Imagine a
future Boston Bombing scenario.
They put the cars on “lockdown,”
I agree that 20 years ago, the above musings
might be regarded as a bit over the top. But
given today, they are if anything
cautious and conservative. Remember the
body-armored storm troopers frog-marching
innocent people — women and kids — out of their
own homes at gunpoint? No warrant. No probable
cause. They had the guns, the authority. That’s
all they needed.
Now, they will have a new tool in
Speaking of tools:
V2V will also facilitate tax-by-mile and
“congestion pricing.” The former would replace
anonymous, pay-as-you-go motor fuels taxes with
in-car monitoring of how many miles you’ve
driven, your debit account dunned accordingly
(and automatically). The latter would hit you
with variable-rate dunning depending on when
and where you drive. Such a system is
already in place in the UK. If you want to drive
during certain times (rush hour) or to a certain
place, you are charged a special (higher) fee as
an incentive to not drive at those times or to
It goes without saying, of course, that the
latter-day Zils of the ruling class will not be
subject to such controls and restrictions.
Neither will “law enforcement” — the notch down
from ruling class but still a very big notch
above our class.
All of this is coming. It is already
partially here. It will be all the way here
If, that is, we stand for it.
NHTSA claims we ought not to worry; that V2V
will never be abused, that our comings
and goings will not be monitored,
controlled and taxed. “NHTSA has no plans to
modify the current V2V system design in a way
that would enable the government or private
entities to track individual motor vehicles,” a
NHTSA spokesman said.
No one will force us out of cars that don’t
have V2V capability.
In another time, we might well have trusted
such claims. To trust such claims today is to
ask too much.
Of us — by them.
The atrocities already committed against our
right to privacy, to anonymity, to freedom of
movement and freedom from arbitrary,
unreasonable searches are too well-known to
trust yet another “just trust us” from
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told
the AP shortly after Barack Obama’s first
inauguration: “We should look at the vehicular
miles program where people are actually clocked
on the number of miles that they traveled.”
If we don’t say no to the V2V mandate —
strangle it in its crib with both hands around
its neck before it learns to walk — we can
expect to see the end of being free to go when
and where we want to, how we want — and
without anyone knowing about it except those we
choose to tell. It will be the end of
the American love affair with the car.
And the beginning of a nightmare.
TBI Linked to Increased Risk of Early Death
Jan 16, 2014
Stars and Stripes | by Matt Millham
People who survive six months or longer after suffering
traumatic brain injuries continue to remain at risk for premature death long
after their injury, according to a study published Wednesday by the American
The study, led by Dr. Seena Fazel at the University of Oxford
in England, used data from Sweden going back to 1954. With data from such a long
time period, the research team was able to draw conclusions about the long-term
consequences of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, Fazel said.
“One of the bottom lines is thinking about this as a chronic
illness, a chronic disease,” he said.
His team found that while traumatic brain injuries, or TBI,
tend to be one-off events, they have chronic, long-term consequences, he said.
“And one of the consequences is premature mortality.”
The risk of premature death after a TBI is small — just 3.6
percent, according to the study. But among those who survived six months or
longer after a TBI, there was a threefold increase in the odds of dying early
when compared to the general population, according to the study. The odds of
early death jump even higher for TBI patients also suffering from psychiatric
illnesses, depression or substance abuse.
“The co-morbidity seems to elevate risks really
substantially,” Fazel said. “For instance, if you have TBI and psychiatric
illness, your odds of suicide before the age of 56 are increased 19-fold.”
About half of the early deaths noted in the study resulted
from external factors, such as suicide, accidents and other injuries. The other
half came from a range of other conditions, such as heart disease and cancer.
However, Fazel said the study was not designed to draw conclusions about why
there is such a correlation between TBI and early death.
Asked about what the study means for military personnel who
have suffered TBIs, Fazel said he hoped TBI patients would be more likely to
seek assessment or treatment if they know they’re at increased risk for
depression or other ailments developing after a TBI.
“In a way, it’s about coming to terms with the changes and
being aware of what are some of the possible consequences going forward.”
5 of the World's Best-Selling Motorcycle Brands. Do You
Know Who's No. 1?
by Blake Bos, The Motley Fool Jan 25th 2014 10:12AM Updated
Jan 25th 2014 10:14AM
For motorcycle enthusiasts, it can be difficult to know what
brands are the top sellers, because they're seldom owned by purely
motorcycle-focused companies, which can make it difficult to find sales data.
Case in point: Ducati, which is owned by Lamborghini, which is owned by Audi,
which is owned by Volkswagen. Luckily, Volkswagen is publicly traded, so its
sales data is readily available.
Today we'll look at five motorcycle companies with
publicly available sales data to see which one reigns supreme -- Ducati, Honda ,
BMW, Harley-Davidson , or Polaris .
No victory for Polaris ... yet
Cruising on the Cross Country. Image: Polaris.
Polaris owns the Victory and Indian brand names and chalked up
$195.8 million in motorcycle sales in 2012. The company doesn't give information
on units sold, but even at a low estimated average transaction price of $12,000,
that puts the company at 16,250 motorcycles sold. Polaris hasn't tackled
international markets, though, and as a result it comes in at the bottom of the
Not even close, Ducati
Ducati, which can be viewed as a luxury brand in the
motorcycle world, also has luxury-type sales numbers. In 2012, Ducati sold
around 44,000 two-wheelers. The company is growing in the double figures in the
United States and now claims 10% market share in its target market.
This German is stuck in neutral
The S 1000R: BMW's wheelie-happy naked sportbike. Image: BMW.
BMW's Motorrad division sold a whopping 117,100 bikes in 2012,
of which 106,400 were BMWs and 10,700 were Husqvarnas. BMW's motorcycle sales
have recovered from their 2008 lows, but it remains to be seen what the future
will hold, with a Lamborghini-backed Ducati brand attacking some of its key
The fastest hog you've ever met
Harley's Screamin' Eagle drag-racing bike in action. Image:
America's favorite cruiser comes in at second place with
249,849 bikes sold around the world in 2012. The company still has a sizable
foothold in America and has recently seen 39% unit sales growth in Latin
America. Look for Harley to continue making up ground south of the border in the
near future. And the winner is ...
2014 CRF450R: Honda does more than just street bikes. Image:
Honda's motorcycle division sold nearly 15.5 million
motorcycles in 2012, of which 13.2 million came from Japan and other Asian
countries. In North America the company also dominates, with 153,000 bikes sold,
a 43% increase over the previous year. Honda has seen sales boosted by the
incredible success of its new NC700X model in North American markets. Look for
Big Red to continue its spot as the world's largest motorcycle company for quite
Honda reigns supreme for a variety of reasons, but its
presence in Asian markets and its lower price point on commuter bikes give it a
huge advantage over the rest. In the following video below, Fool analyst Blake
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Lawmakers Audit Automakers Over GPS Privacy Issue
GAO report investigates privacy protections for in-car
navigation devices and apps.
Ongoing revelations about the depth of domestic spying by the
National Security Agency keeps individual privacy in the spotlight. In a report
released last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined whether
automakers and the producers of in-car navigation devices have been adhering to
recommended privacy practices. The congressional watchdog agency, for the most
part, was satisfied with what it found, though it identified a few areas where
improvement was needed.
In 2012, 11.8 million motorists took advantage of "telematics"
-- in-car communications systems that provide traffic information, navigation
and related location-based services. Having access to the location data for so
many customers presents opportunity for abuse, from stalking to selling
information for advertising purposes.
In conducting the survey, the GAO auditors selected the six
companies that sell 75 percent of new cars in the United States -- Chrysler,
Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota -- along with the navigation
device and app developers with the largest market share -- Garmin and TomTom;
Google Maps and Telenav. The audit team reviewed documents and interviewed
employees at each company.
All ten companies reported that they shared data with third
parties to provide better serivces. For example, most automakers hand off the
telematics services to another company. All ten also will supply data to law
enforcement upon request. Two companies reported providing anonymized data to
universities and federal agencies for research purposes.
The companies disclosed these data collection and privacy
practices to consumers. The main flaw the GAO identified was the consumer's lack
of control over their own information.
"We found that companies obtain consumer consent and provide
controls in a variety of ways, but do not allow consumers to request their
historical location data to be deleted when data are associated with an
individual or vehicle," the GAO reported. "Without the ability to delete their
location data, consumers are unable to prevent the use or retention of their
data, should they wish to do so."
At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, Ford marketing
vice president Jim Farley raised eyebrows on the subject of in-car privacy.
"We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're
doing it," Farley said. "We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing.
By the way, we don't supply that data to anyone."
US Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) responded Tuesday with a
letter demanding Ford CEO Alan Mullaly reconcile Farley's statement with the GAO
finding that Ford did, in fact, share data with third parties.
"I believe this is too little transparency," Franken wrote.
"American drivers deserve better -- and Mr. Farley's latest statements
underscore this problem."
'Element of surprise' explains why motorcycles are a
greater traffic hazard than cars
"I didn't see it, because I wasn't expecting it there,"
might be the more accurate excuse for motorists who have just crashed into a bus
or a motorcycle.
The mere fact that such vehicles are less common than
cars on our roads actually makes it harder for drivers to notice them, says
Vanessa Beanland of The Australian National University. Beanland and colleagues
conducted research at Monash University on how the so-called "low-prevalence
effect" increases the likelihood of accidents. The study is published in
Springer's journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.
The impact that this low-prevalence effect has on a person's
ability to search through static images, such as in airport luggage screening,
has been the topic of previous research. However, Beanland's research team is
the first to publish results on how it influences people's ability to safely
perform dynamic tasks, such as driving.
They used a driving simulator experiment involving 40 adult
drivers to investigate whether it is easier for drivers to detect and respond to
specific types of vehicles when they occur more frequently in surrounding
traffic. The drivers had to detect two types of vehicles: motorcycles and buses.
The researchers varied how frequently these vehicles appeared. Half of the
subjects were subjected to a high prevalence of motorcycles and a low number of
buses, with the other half experiencing the reverse.
Although participants were explicitly instructed to search for
both buses and motorcycles, the researchers found that the attention of the
observers was biased toward whichever vehicle occurred more frequently during
the simulated detection drive. This in turn affected the speed at which drivers
were able to detect low-prevalence targets. In the simulated test in which
motorcycles occurred more frequently, the car drivers were able to detect them
on average from 51 meters farther away than in the tests where they occurred
less often. In effect, at a driving speed of 60 km/h, this allowed the drivers
an extra 3 seconds to respond. Similarly, drivers had an extra 4.4 seconds to
react to buses in situations where they occurred more frequently.
The results suggest that drivers' inability to always notice
motorcyclists is partially due to the fact that motorcycles occur relatively
rarely on our roads, and that drivers are simply not on the look-out for them.
It therefore appears that by increasing the prevalence of a visual search target
it is possible to effectively yet temporarily make it stand out better within a
specific visual environment.
"Drivers have more difficulty detecting vehicles and hazards
that are rare, compared to objects that they see frequently," says Beanland, who
believes that the ability to accurately perform visual searches is crucial to
ensuring safe driving and avoiding collisions.
Revved up for the national motorbike rally
Bikers have sneak peek of Harley heaven
LUCY TOWNEND Last updated 12:00 27/01/2014
FAITH SUTHERLAND/ Fairfax NZHOG HEAD: Harley-Davidson riders,
and members of the New Zealand National Harley Owners Group, or Hog, test out
the ideal inner-city track ahead of the group's rally in Palmerston North next
month. Pictured front is Central Districts' member and rally co-ordinator Andy
Hundreds of leather-clad, Harley-Davidson-driving motorbike
riders are getting revved up for the national rally next month.
Palmerston North is set to be transformed into a haven for
Harley fans in February, with the city hosting the 24th New Zealand National
Harley Owners Group (Hog) Rally.
A handful of keen Harley riders were in the city on Saturday
test driving the best route for the Hog's "Thunder Ride", which is a procession
of bikes through the city and across country back blocks allowing the public to
get a glimpse of the gear.
The Central Districts' Hog chapter is one of 1400 worldwide,
and six in New Zealand.
Central Districts' member and rally co-ordinator Andy Stewart
said the rally would be a get-together of like-minded people.
Riders from Hog chapters around the country are expected to
make Manawatu their base from February 12 onwards. A few international riders
are also expected.
Last time Palmerston North hosted the event 1340 riders and
1100 bikes called the city home for a week.
Mr Stewart said the rally was shaping up to be a hive of
activity, with social rides for Hog members, including trips to Tui Breweries,
in Mangatainoka, a ride around the Apiti Loop, passing through Ashhurst,
Kimbolton and Cheltenham, and an hour at Feilding's Manfeild racing circuit for
riders to let loose.
There is also the "formal" Hog rally, where more than 1000
Harley-Davidson motorcycles will tour Manawatu, and the "Thunder Ride" for
members of the public to see the bikes up close.
"Harleys are a point of fascination with everyone old and
young. It doesn't matter where you go or who you see, when you get that volume
of bikes with the rowdiness, the noise, the chrome and the bling and guys that
are enthusiastic Harley riders, it's amazing the amount of attraction it has,"
Mr Stewart said.
The Thunder Ride takes riders from Awapuni, in Palmerston
North, through to Sanson, Bulls, Marton and Feilding before returning to The
Square in Palmerston North.
The bikes will then be on display for the public to have a
look at and vote on the best presented Harleys, a show and shine competition, as
well as tricks from an Australian Harley-Davidson stunt rider.
From Marine to master of a new universe riding electric
The perfect training for a start-up entrepreneur? Try a
spell as a Royal Marine Commando, says Agility Global’s chief executive
Agility founder Lawrence Marazzi credits his Marines training
for helping him bring the Saietta to market and believes roads could be powered
like Scalextric By Katherine Rushton 8:00PM GMT 26 Jan 2014 Comment Many
entrepreneurs cut their teeth at business school, or with a stint in venture
capital. But Lawrence Marazzi, the founder and chief executive of Agility
Global, credits his commercial nous to a spell in the Marines.
“A little time on the front line will do everyone a lot of
good. It is the perfect training, really, to do a start-up,” he declares. “It
taught me that you can take a small team and… outfight and outcompete much
larger organisations. The key is the people, the spirit and the approach.
“Royal Marine Commandos are just people, but they are people
who have made a set of choices and have decided to really use a higher level of
personal drive and motivation to do something that really shouldn’t be
The entrepreneur recalls one occasion on manoeuvres when a
chunk of his knee cartilage broke off, locking the joint solid. He was carrying
more than 100lb and had more than 12 miles left to travel to complete his
“That is a casualty in the civilian world. That’s not in our
world,” he says.
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Did he carry on walking? “No. Running,” he laughs.
These days, Marazzi devotes his energy to Agility, a London
engineering firm making electric motorcycles.
Its Saietta machines are powerful, sculptural beasts, admired
by motorcycle enthusiasts for their performance as much as for their green
credentials. They look like they belong to the future, and have some serious
grunt to boot. Even the “baby of the family”, the Agility Saietta R, has more
than 110lb ft of torque (twisting force), about the same as a Ford Focus, and
will go from 0-60mph in three seconds. It has a top speed of 105mph.
The Saietta R2 does the 60mph dash in 2.7 seconds, and reaches
150mph. Apparently, it doesn’t hurt that Marazzi spent his late teens working
for a Formula 1 engineering company.
The first Saiettas hit the roads this year, at a cost of
between £14,000 and £28,000, depending on the model. But they have already
earned Agility an international reputation as “the Tesla of motorcycles”, a
reference to the California firm that has transformed the market for luxury
Agility was not the first company to try to crack this market,
of course. A few other firms had already launched electric motorcycles before he
even founded Agility five years ago, but none of them had caught the imagination
of motorcycle enthusiasts.
Marazzi is too polite to name names, as he recalls one product
that resembles “a mountain bike with headlights” or others that appealed to
people “like a tea pot would”: that is to say, pretty- looking, but without any
“When we kicked off, there were people selling you hessian
sacks for shirts, saying, 'This is better for you,’ and 'Buy this because it’s
green’,” he says. Most companies selling electric vehicles adopted a similar
“All people were doing was taking a standard motorcycle,
ripping the gas out and expecting it to work. They were not going to move the
game on. That’s when I really thought there is an opportunity here. They didn’t
get that motorcycling is an experience as well as a function. Motorcycles were a
great opportunity. Even in the teeth of a significant recession, you had global
growth in prestige motorcycle sales. Some markets, like Brazil, are growing at
Marazzi’s instincts were right. Even before the machines were
launched, Agility was “inundated” with interest from buyers who wanted to get
their hands on a Saietta.
He has also had considerable interest from investors. During a
recent trade mission to Colorado, organised for so-called “cleantech” companies
by Britain’s Technology Strategy Board, Agility was approached by dozens of
firms looking to buy into the business. It is asking £1.5m for a 10pc stake, and
expects to seal its first funding round within the next few weeks.
Part of Agility’s appeal is that the technology it has
developed for Saietta is valuable in its own right, with plenty of other
potential applications. For starters, there is the software Agility has been
developing to control the way the bike feels, and to help riders to find their
way around without the bother of conventional maps or GPS devices.
“We think enhanced reality is very important for navigation,”
says Marazzi. “You shouldn’t have to go to your phone, go to your navigation,
and plug in the information. You should just be able to say, 'I want to go to
John’s house’. All the technology is available, but no one has done the
integration of it to make it useful for vehicle use.”
He is also eyeing the potential for a new market for vehicle
sounds, which could be sold like mobile phone ring tones, and for electricity
charging technology, which could almost do away with the need for petrol
“Electric vehicles are a new universe. Whenever a new universe
is created, it’s incredibly hard to predict what aspects, characteristics and
opportunities will be generated,” Marazzi says.
The company is currently in discussions with Transport for
London about the possibility of turning parking bays and bus lanes into
induction zones to allow recharging on the move.
“Do you remember Scalextric?” Marazzi asks, recalling the
children’s toy which uses a low-voltage electrified track to power model racing
cars. “At the end of the day, you can ultimately eliminate batteries for
vehicles, or you can say, 'You know what, we’ll use batteries for town use, but
then the motorways will be [like] Scalextric.
“We see that as a few years away, but in the shorter term –
definitely in two to three years – we think having [electric vehicle] charging
in your workplace or in your bike bay will be commonplace.”
Speaking to Marazzi in Colorado, it would be easy to think he
has it all worked out, but he assures me this is not the case. He has worked
hard on Agility – so hard that he once forgot Christmas Day, and on another
occasion, almost fell asleep on his bike. But he is still learning to adopt the
swagger that comes very naturally to many of his American or Asian peers.
He has been “literally taken aside”, time and time again, and
asked why on earth he doesn’t try to extract five times the money he has from
his investors, to help take the Saietta brand global.
“Ideas-wise, the British do some really amazing stuff, but we
don’t believe enough in being able to turn those into world-class successes,” he
admits. The last time that Britain was truly ambitious in its industrial
endeavours, he adds, was during the Victorian era.
“If our Victorian ancestors looked at us now, they would
wonder why we weren’t being Korea. Korea has nothing that we don’t have, but you
have to look at how they take things from an initial idea, and push it all the
way through into giant commercial [juggernauts]. That is definitely where the UK
Marazzi hopes that Agility will help to change that, however,
and that Saietta will soon be up there with Tesla as one of the technology
companies that are truly changing the world
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My Beard Has A
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2 Deadly Motorcycle Crashes Investigated
By Christina London and Elena Gomez | Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 |
Updated 10:53 PM PST
A pedestrian and a
motorcyclist were both killed in a collision Sunday night on Del Dios Highway.
Authorities are investigating two deadly motorcycle crashes
that both happened Sunday night in San Diego County.
Just after 7 p.m., a
motorcyclist crashed into a pedestrian on Del Dios Highway, just west of Date
Lane, in unincorporated Rancho Santa Fe.
Officials say both the
pedestrian, a 31-year-old man from Valley Center, and the motorcyclist, a
60-year-old man from Oceanside, were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the pedestrian was
walking with four other people. The others told officers that they were on a
nature walk in the Del Dios Highlands Preserve.
“Unfortunately, at this time in the evening, a motorcyclist
doesn’t expect a pedestrian to be standing in the road,” said CHP Officer Jim
Bettencourt. “There was nothing the
motorcyclist could do and unfortunately, what we have is a tragic accident.”
CHP issued a Sig Alert; Del Dios Road was closed for more than
Earlier in the evening, three vehicles were involved in a
crash on Mollison Avenue at Park Avenue in El Cajon.
El Cajon police tell
NBC 7 the motorcycle collided with a van. Meanwhile, a truck trying to
avoid them rammed into a tree.
One witness said the
motorcycle flew more than 100 yards.
“I just heard the crash. I ran out the door and as soon as I
do, I see the motorcycle just skidding across to that pole,” John Aguilera said.
The motorcyclist was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital and
pronounced dead, according to police. The other two drivers were not hurt.
None of the victims’ names have been released. The causes of
both accidents are under investigation.
Motorcycle deputy killed in head-on collision in Golden
06:07pm, January 27, 2014
GOLDEN, Colo. — A Jefferson County Sheriff’s motorcycle deputy
was killed Sunday morning when his bike collided with an oncoming SUV, the
Colorado State Patrol reported.
The deputy was
traveling northbound on Highway 93, north of West 64th Parkway in Golden, about
10:05 a.m., CSP said. As the deputy entered a sweeping curve, a 2004 Saturn Vue
heading south reportedly crossed the double yellow line into the deputy’s lane,
resulting in a head-on collision, CSP said.
The deputy was thrown from his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Though he wore a helmet and eye
protection, he died at the scene, according to CSP.
“It’s hard to talk about it because (the deputy who died)
meant so much to this organization,” Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink said.
“He’s been here a significant amount of time, he obviously had a lot of friends
here. I’ve never met a more professional caring guy so that’s what’s tough.”
The deputy’s name was not immediately released.
The driver of the Saturn, 83-year-old Golden resident Kenneth
Hosch, was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Drugs and alcohol were
not thought to be factors in the case. The roadway was closed for hours
while police investigated the accident before reopening about 8 p.m..
“It’s a huge loss,” Mink said of the incident. “There’s over
800 employees here at the Sheriff’s Office and the deputy that lost his life was
an integral part of this organization. That’s all I can say.”
Motorcyclist killed in Henderson accident identified
By ANNALISE PORTER LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The motorcyclist who died in an accident in Henderson Thursday
evening has been identified.
Christopher Boovy, 53,
was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Boulder Highway when he ran a red
light at Major Avenue around 7:30 p.m. and hit a Dodge Avenger, Henderson police
Boovy was thrown from his motorcycle. He died at the scene
from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the Clark County coroner’s
Henderson police said Boovy may have been under the influence
The Dodge driver was uninjured and police said they don’t
believe she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Dodge passenger was
taken to St. Rose Siena Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Boovy was the first traffic fatality in Henderson’s
jurisdiction this year.
Man charged in motorcycle death for second time
01/27/2014 7:10 PM By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News
An 11-year-old Belen girl is in the hospital in critical
condition after being thrown from a motorcycle in an accident that killed her
Police say Daniel
Sanchez was killed when 27-year-old Jacob Williams crossed the double yellow
line on Jarales Road, slamming into the motorcycle Sanchez was riding with his
State police said
Sunday Williams was drunk.
KOB Eyewitness News 4
has learned Williams was charged with a man's death in a set of eerily similar
circumstances in 2006.
Williams was charged
with DWI and vehicular homicide for the 2006 crash in which he also hit a
motorcycle, killing the driver and paralyzing the passenger.
KOB has also learned the judge who originally sentenced
Williams, William Sanchez, is Daniel Sanchez's brother.
On Saturday, friends of Sanchez told KOB he was a loving
husband, father and a strong, hardworking farmer.
A half dozen friends carefully combed through the tall grass
on the side of Jarales Road where the accident happened.
The men were searching for Daniel Sanchez's daughter's
For about an hour on Saturday, the search team painstakingly
looked for the glasses thrown from the 11-year-old girl in the crash.
Finally, they were found.
It was a small relief for a tight-knit group hoping for the
girl's full recovery.
Williams is charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated DWI.
He is held at the Valencia County Detention Center on $20,000
Motorcycle crash victim named 12:39 PM Monday Jan 27, 2014
JPG Emergency Services attend to a male after crashing through
a fence near the Matahorua bridge State 2 on Saturday morning. Reporter: Corey
Charlton Photographer: Glenn Taylor&#
Police have released the name of the man who was killed in a
motorcycle crash near Wairoa at the weekend. He was Barry Pascoe, aged 64, of
Napier. Mr Pascoe died after his
motorcycle failed to take a bend and crashed through a fence on SH2 at Putorino
on Saturday morning. Emergency services were called to State Highway 2 in
Putorino at 10am after the vehicle left the road on a bend and crashed through a
The Putorino Rural Fire Service cordoned off State Highway 2
for the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter to land.
Medics fought to revive the man but he was pronounced dead at
the scene. Traffic was diverted through the farm of former Wairoa mayor Les
Probert. The crash is being investigated by the police Serious Crash Unit.
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