Posted: Apr 17, 2011 8:28 PM by Jeannette Hynes
Updated: Apr 18, 2011 10:56 AM
The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol are encouraging motorcycle riders to get professional training before they hit the road.
CDOT and CSP point to certain statistics that show lack of training among motorcycle riders causes many motorcycle fatalities.
Supporting statistics from the Colorado State Patrol and CDOT:
- Motorcycle riders accounted for 18% of traffic deaths in Colorado for 2010 but three percent of the state's registered vehicles.
- More than one-third of motorcycle drivers killed in crashes did not have the legally-required motorcycle endorsement of their driver's license.
- Law enforcement investigations determined motorcycle drivers were "at fault" in 71% of fatal crashes.
- Fifty-six percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involved only the motorcycle and no other vehicle.
For the first time, CDOT has put together a motorcycle skill rating map of Colorado. The map give information about popular riding routes and the skills that may be required to ride them. The map is available at major motorcycle dealerships, visitor centers, state parks, and CDOT headquarters.
Also, CDOT offers motorcycle training at a lower cost for Colorado residents and active duty military through its Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST) program. A list of the MOST-certified trainers is listed here.