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Motorcycle Makeover: DMV Asks Bikers to Wear Bright Cloths

July 14th, 2008 by flanews

As more and more people trade four wheels for two due to gas prices, motorcycle safety is becoming a concern for law enforcement. The Department of Motor Vehicles is asking bikers to wear brighter shirts and vest, but as Whitney Ray tells us, it may be what theyre not wearing on their heads thats causing the most concern.

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Theyre flashy, fast and really loud. Motorcycles can be a symbol of freedom and rebellion. While bikes may be cool, its not always in style to wear one of these while you ride.

Its not cool but its better for me. I feel better about my safety, said biker Jeff Ward

In the summer of 2000, helmets became optional. The last full year helmets were required, 150 bikers died in wrecks on Florida roads. In the first full year after the law was changed there were 250 deadly motorcycle crashes.

While the number of fatal crashes is clearly up, so are Motorcycle sales. Last year 100,000 motorcycles were sold in Florida. In the first six months of this year, 82,000 bikes have already been purchased. With so many new bikers, The Department of Motor Vehicles is asking motorcyclists to wear bright colors.

Anything we can do to make ourselves more visible as motorcycle riders, as motor vehicle operators, helps that other person to see us, said Florida Highway Patrol Coronel John Czernis.

But bright shirts may not be the all-saving grace. Jill Soderberg has been riding for years and says no matter how safe a biker is, theyre always at risk.

No matter what we try to do, we sit in mirrors we move between lanes, get in the high part of the lane, low side of the lane and theyre just not really looking for us, said Soderberg.

Just one in every 20 Florida drivers is a motorcyclist but theyre involved in one of every seven deadly wrecks. Aside from wearing brighter colors, the Department of Motor Vehicles is also asking bikers to add more lights to their bikes and paint the bikes brighter colors.

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