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Traffic Talk: Oklahoma has website for motorcyclists

Don Gammill: Take a trip on the new state website to find information on motorcycles and related safety items.
By DON GAMMILL Published: February 4, 2013
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“Have you got something against motorcycles?” Bubba asked me recently. “You never write about 'em.”

I could tell he was trying to start something, so I had to ask.

“Did you just buy a bike?”

He snickered, and I had my answer.

Look out, world. Bubba the Biker. This is gonna be good.

Meanwhile ...

I reminded him that most of my columns involve finding answers for reader questions.

So, if there were questions related to motorcycles, I'd be working to find answers related to motorcycles.

I have a feeling they will be coming now.

But to help him — and others — who might need a little information on that topic, I offer this.

Back about mid-December, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office began an Oklahoma Motorcycle Safety and Education website, www.okiemoto.ok.gov, that provides updated “legislation, training opportunities and other motorcycle safety information.”

Garry Thomas, the highway safety office director, said: “Of the almost 130,000 motorcyclists in Oklahoma in 2011, over 1,400 were killed or injured. The need of a single source on motorcycle safety and education was evident. I am pleased that this new site can serve as that complete resource. It provides information on motorcycle safety and statistics while giving the public an overview of the state's motorcycle laws.”

The site has educational videos on its homepage and links to other websites promoting motorcycle safety. All content on the site is “maintained by the Advisory Committee for Motorcycle Safety and Education, which was formed to address motorcycle safety issues in Oklahoma. The committee serves at the discretion of the commissioner of Public Safety.”

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To learn about road construction projects throughout Oklahoma, go to www.okladot.state.ok.us and click on the “Traffic advisories” link.

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