This is the time of year when all the motorcycles re-emerge. It is one of the harbingers of spring in North Dakota.
It has been heartbreaking to hear of all the motorcycle accidents that have occured already. I have a special place in my heart for motorcyclists from my days in California. My days of riding on the back of bikes are over having seen the damage caused to someone who was close to me, but I still remember the allure.
Of course, in my role as a member of the cell phone police (see the Super Freak blog to catch up on this whole discussion) I am more worried this year than in years past about the safety of motorcyclists. In the battle between car and motorcycle, motorcycles do not win. It has always been dangerous to be on a bike with distracted drivers around you. I shudder to think what the implosion of cell phone usage in moving vehicles will mean to the risk factor.
If I wasn’t so busy being the cell phone police I would get out my soapbox about motorcycle helmets as a practical precaution for one’s brain protection, but I can only wage one crusade at a time. So if you are out and about in a vehicle or on a bike be aware and be careful. We have already seen too many motorcycle deaths this past week and we are on notice – it only takes a minute of inattention to shatter someone’s life.
And no, I don’t have a badge yet, but I am going to look for one on eBay.
Day two hundred and eighty-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da