Motorcycle deaths on the rise in S.C.

Motorcycle deaths on the rise in S.C.

There are 38 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from Jul 21, 2008, titled Motorcycle deaths on the rise in S.C.. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

Motorcycle-related deaths jumped 40 percent from 2003 to 2007 and are expected to keep climbing as gas prices rise and more people buy motorcycles, according to an analysis released Monday from AAA Carolinas.

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Peanut

Columbia, SC

#1 Jul 22, 2008
Way to go Mr. Edge..thank you for listening!
Fatrocker

Summerville, SC

#2 Jul 22, 2008
Biker trainig is a good thing...to many rookies on the road is dangerous to us all...
Dave D

United States

#4 Jul 22, 2008
Nowhere do they list the % increase in motorcycle riders during the period. The rider numbers go up, the number of accidents/fatalities usually follow.

Look around while you are out and look at the % of riders wearing helmets? Less than 25%. I'd have to say so. If that's correct then not wearing a helmet improves your odds of surviving a crash, or at least not getting into one in the first place.

Mandatory Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses would be a good thing. The "Rider's Edge" program offered by Harley Davidson is a joke.

Adding a motorcycle awareness program to the automotive license would help.

NC has a very restrictive helmet law. Think they don't have motorcycle fatalities?#8 in the country.

Statistics can be skewed to preent any view you want.

This from one of the less than 25% wearing a helmet.
MyrtleCycle Ranger

Edison, NJ

#5 Jul 22, 2008
[QUOTE who="S.C. Rep. Tracy Edge, R-North Myrtle Beach"]thinks a helmet law makes sense and will push for one next year..[/QUOTE]
Maybe he and his "goomba's" should give a cell phone law the same energy.
north end resident

Hickory, NC

#6 Jul 22, 2008
Ahh, now the bikers throw up the cell phone excuse as a diversion. They always have excuses.
bthomas

United States

#7 Jul 22, 2008
Why do we not want a mandatory helmet law when we have a mandatory seat belt law? Why are helmets a matter of "freedom of choice", but seat belts aren't. I certainly am more protected in a car or truck than I would be on a motorcycle. Where's the common sense?
Question Authority

Myrtle Beach, SC

#8 Jul 22, 2008
Say good-bye Ms Edge.

Your political career is now officially winding down.
waterdog

Hickory, NC

#9 Jul 22, 2008
QUESTION AUTH: He is unopposed you idiot. You're probably not even in his district or registered to vote
RDR

Myrtle Beach, SC

#10 Jul 22, 2008
north end resident wrote:
Ahh, now the bikers throw up the cell phone excuse as a diversion. They always have excuses.
no just tired of u communist idiots trying to force your believes on everyone else !
Fernando Mexino

Myrtle Beach, SC

#11 Jul 22, 2008
waterHOG wrote:
QUESTION AUTH: He is unopposed you idiot. You're probably not even in his district or registered to vote
Think Tracy will be unapposed again?
Brandon

North Charleston, SC

#12 Jul 22, 2008
More mandatory biker training is the way to go. Preferably in Idaho, in May, for several months.
retlaw

Pawleys Island, SC

#14 Jul 22, 2008
Hopefully Brandon will be there, learning something called respect! It is my opinion that cagers need to learn to share the road with bikers. Maybe a safety course for drivers to learn about motorcycles would be on the agenda!
retlaw

Pawleys Island, SC

#15 Jul 22, 2008
bill, when you grow some, I anticipate testicular cancer in your future.
BMB

United States

#16 Jul 22, 2008
We shouldn't have to legislate for stupidity. Should there be a seat belt/helmet law??? No.
Should people with common sense wear seat belts and helmets??? Yes. If you want to bust your skull open on the street....fine. I saw "Thin The Heard". Let's consintrate on something important.
MyrtleCycle Ranger

Edison, NJ

#19 Jul 22, 2008
north end resident wrote:
Ahh, now the bikers throw up the cell phone excuse as a diversion. They always have excuses.
RDR wrote:
<quoted text> no just tired of u communist idiots trying to force your believes on everyone else !
Not a diversion where I live, the Republic of NJ has had it since the 60's, way before the almighty cell phone.
Mr Bigie Biker

Myrtle Beach, SC

#20 Jul 22, 2008
Anyway you see it, The stupid cagers buy me a new bike everytime they pull out in front of me. Hell, I like cell phones and the locals that think they own the roads, and I want to thank my helmet that allows me to tell all the idiots that hate bikers, that we harley riders will still ride in their self regulated bike free world.
PA Barbie

Summerville, SC

#21 Jul 22, 2008
Deaths are up for South Carolina bikers?

So what's the problem?
MB BIKER

United States

#22 Jul 22, 2008
bthomas wrote:
Why do we not want a mandatory helmet law when we have a mandatory seat belt law? Why are helmets a matter of "freedom of choice", but seat belts aren't. I certainly am more protected in a car or truck than I would be on a motorcycle. Where's the common sense?
you diddnt stand up for your rights thats why you have seatbelt laws
MB BIKER

United States

#23 Jul 22, 2008
PA Barbie wrote:
Deaths are up for South Carolina bikers?
So what's the problem?
your real big on a computer,,,,why did you drive your van into the resturant the other day. oh and by the way the things you say like this if YOU EVER have an accident with a bike you up for premeditated murder
Glenn

Greensboro, NC

#24 Jul 22, 2008
PA Barbie wrote:
Deaths are up for South Carolina bikers?
So what's the problem?
I posted this earlier for another person but, I think it also applies to you Barbie. What goes around comes aroundÂ… you will remember your insensitive comments when some tragedy happens in your life. And, you will wonderÂ… did fate bring tragedy to your life because you are such a horrible human being? I pray for the souls of the haters who are happy to see someone die for riding a motorcycle.

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