“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.
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.”
This site was the result of a partnership between the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and OK.gov.
So check it out. Oh, and keep your eyes open and you just might see my friend enjoying his new wheels.
Ride, Bubba, ride.
In other areas ...
Why is speed limit in Oklahoma 70 and 75 in Texas and New Mexico?
Each state sets its speed limits, Dan, sometimes by statute, sometimes by agencies that have been granted authority to do so by that state.
In determining what a speed limit will be, they include road conditions, landscape, type of road and more.
You may have seen a sign giving a minimum speed. Those, too, are determined by various factors.
While some states (particularly in the western U.S.) believe their roadways are sufficient for faster speeds, others stay with slightly slower (generally in the east).
Can you remember when the federal government last set a nationwide limit?
It was 1974 to 1987. The feds set a 55 mph maximum speed. From what I see these days, many current drivers would have had a real problem with that number.
We'll have more on this later.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.
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