Well we had our monthly dinner ride at the Native New Yorker on Speedway & Country Club. We had a really good turnout with fifteen members, family and friends making the ride. Those who were up for the ride were: John & Garnetta Falzone and their son John, Steve Matthews, Dave Lehman, Frank & Kate Brunetti, Ray & Donna Valenzuela, Susan Wagner, Stan & Patti Thibaut, Bev, myself, and last but not least our newest member Lee Thomet and his fiance Pam. There was a lot of good conversation and really good food. It is a nice place if you ever want to stop by for dinner. Here are a few pictures of the evening.
Findings from the Hurt Study
Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures
A motorcycle accident study offers you and your students a wealth of information about accidents and how to avoid them. The Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, is a study conducted by the University of Southern California (USC). With funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, researcher Harry Hurt investigated almost every aspect of 900 motorcycle accidents in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, Hurt and his staff analyzed 3,600 motorcycle traffic accident reports in the same geographic area.
Reprinted here for your information and use are the findings.
The final report is several hundred pages. If you choose to have this document in your resource library, the order information is:
Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, Volume 1: Technical Report, Hurt, H.H., Ouellet, J.V. and Thom, D.R., Traffic Safety Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007, Contract No. DOT HS-5-01160, January 1981 (Final Report)
This document is available through:
National Technical Information Service
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, Virginia 22161
Vol. I (The Main Report and Summary) is PB81206443 (~400 pages)
Vol. II (Appendix: Supplementary Data) is PB81206450 (~400 pages)
Either document is $42.95 plus $3.00 shipping. (circa 1990)
Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures
Throughout the accident and exposure data there are special observations which relate to accident and injury causation and characteristics of the motorcycle accidents studied. These findings are summarized as follows:
1. Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most often a passenger automobile.
2. Approximately one-fourth of these motorcycle accidents were single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.
3. Vehicle failure accounted for less than 3% of these motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture flat.
4. In single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slideout and fall due to overbraking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.
5. Roadway defects (pavement ridges, potholes, etc.) were the accident cause in 2% of the accidents; animal involvement was 1% of the accidents.
6. In multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.
7. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.
8. Deliberate hostile action by a motorist against a motorcycle rider is a rare accident cause. The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.
10. Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicle violating the motorcycle right-of-way, and often violating traffic controls.
11. Weather is not a factor in 98% of motorcycle accidents.
12. Most motorcycle accidents involve a short trip associated with shopping, errands, friends, entertainment or recreation, and the accident is likely to happen in a very short time close to the trip origin.
13. The view of the motorcycle or the other vehicle involved in the accident is limited by glare or obstructed by other vehicles in almost half of the multiple vehicle accidents.
14. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is a critical factor in the multiple vehicle accidents, and accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps (on in daylight) and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets.
15. Fuel system leaks and spills were present in 62% of the motorcycle accidents in the post-crash phase. This represents an undue hazard for fire.
16. The median pre-crash speed was 29.8 mph, and the median crash speed was 21.5 mph, and the one-in-a-thousand crash speed is approximately 86 mph.
17. The typical motorcycle pre-crash lines-of-sight to the traffic hazard portray no contribution of the limits of peripheral vision; more than three-fourths of all accident hazards are within 45 degrees of either side of straight ahead.
18. Conspicuity of the motorcycle is most critical for the frontal surfaces of the motorcycle and rider.
19. Vehicle defects related to accident causation are rare and likely to be due to deficient or defective maintenance.
20. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 16 and 24 are significantly overrepresented in accidents; motorcycle riders between the ages of 30 and 50 are significantly underrepresented. Although the majority of the accident-involved motorcycle riders are male (96%), the female motorcycles riders are significantly overrepresented in the accident data.
22. Craftsmen, laborers, and students comprise most of the accident-involved motorcycle riders. Professionals, sales workers, and craftsmen are underrepresented and laborers, students and unemployed are overrepresented in the accidents.
23. Motorcycle riders with previous recent traffic citations and accidents are overrepresented in the accident data.
24. The motorcycle riders involved in accidents are essentially without training; 92% were self-taught or learned from family or friends. Motorcycle rider training experience reduces accident involvement and is related to reduced injuries in the event of accidents.
25. More than half of the accident-involved motorcycle riders had less than 5 months experience on the accident motorcycle, although the total street riding experience was almost 3 years. Motorcycle riders with dirt bike experience are significantly underrepresented in the accident data.
26. Lack of attention to the driving task is a common factor for the motorcyclist in an accident.
27. Almost half of the fatal accidents show alcohol involvement.
28. Motorcycle riders in these accidents showed significant collision avoidance problems. Most riders would over brake and skid the rear wheel, and underbrake the front wheel greatly reducing collision avoidance deceleration. The ability to countersteer and swerve was essentially absent.
29. The typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.
30. Passenger-carrying motorcycles are not overrepresented in the accident area.
31. The driver of the other vehicles involved in collision with the motorcycle are not distinguished from other accident populations except that the ages of 20 to 29, and beyond 65 are overrepresented. Also, these drivers are generally unfamiliar with motorcycles.
32. Large displacement motorcycles are underrepresented in accidents but they are associated with higher injury severity when involved in accidents.
33. Any effect of motorcycle color on accident involvement is not determinable from these data, but is expected to be insignificant because the frontal surfaces are most often presented to the other vehicle involved in the collision.
34. Motorcycles equipped with fairings and windshields are underrepresented in accidents, most likely because of the contribution to conspicuity and the association with more experienced and trained riders.
35. Motorcycle riders in these accidents were significantly without motorcycle license, without any license, or with license revoked.
36. Motorcycle modifications such as those associated with the semi-chopper or cafe racer are definitely overrepresented in accidents.
37. The likelihood of injury is extremely high in these motorcycle accidents-98% of the multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.
38. Half of the injuries to the somatic regions were to the ankle-foot, lower leg, knee, and thigh-upper leg.
39. Crash bars are not an effective injury countermeasure; the reduction of injury to the ankle-foot is balanced by increase of injury to the thigh-upper leg, knee, and lower leg.
40. The use of heavy boots, jacket, gloves, etc., is effective in preventing or reducing abrasions and lacerations, which are frequent but rarely severe injuries.
41. Groin injuries were sustained by the motorcyclist in at least 13% of the accidents, which typified by multiple vehicle collision in frontal impact at higher than average speed.
42. Injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size.
43. Seventy-three percent of the accident-involved motorcycle riders used no eye protection, and it is likely that the wind on the unprotected eyes contributed in impairment of vision which delayed hazard detection.
44. Approximately 50% of the motorcycle riders in traffic were using safety helmets but only 40% of the accident-involved motorcycle riders were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
45. Voluntary safety helmet use by those accident-involved motorcycle riders was lowest for untrained, uneducated, young motorcycle riders on hot days and short trips.
46. The most deadly injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.
47. The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the prevention of reduction of head injury; the safety helmet which complies with FMVSS 218 is a significantly effective injury countermeasure.
48. Safety helmet use caused no attenuation of critical traffic sounds, no limitation of precrash visual field, and no fatigue or loss of attention; no element of accident causation was related to helmet use.
49. FMVSS 218 provides a high level of protection in traffic accidents, and needs modification only to increase coverage at the back of the head and demonstrate impact protection of the front of full facial coverage helmets, and insure all adult sizes for traffic use are covered by the standard.
50. Helmeted riders and passengers showed significantly lower head and neck injury for all types of injury, at all levels of injury severity.
51. The increased coverage of the full facial coverage helmet increases protection, and significantly reduces face injuries.
52. There is no liability for neck injury by wearing a safety helmet; helmeted riders had less neck injuries than unhelmeted riders. Only four minor injuries were attributable to helmet use, and in each case the helmet prevented possible critical or fatal head injury.
53. Sixty percent of the motorcyclists were not wearing safety helmets at the time of the accident. Of this group, 26% said they did not wear helmets because they were uncomfortable and inconvenient, and 53% simply had no expectation of accident involvement.
54. Valid motorcycle exposure data can be obtained only from collection at the traffic site. Motor vehicle or driver license data presents information which is completely unrelated to actual use.
55. Less than 10% of the motorcycle riders involved in these accidents had insurance of any kind to provide medical care or replace property.
The 2013 40th Annual Peace Memorial in Phoenix was held on May 6th. It was a solemn occasion where Peace Officers from around the state came to pay their respects for their fallen comrades.This day was made more solemn occasion because on this day a fellow DPS officer was killed while sitting in his vehicle on I-8 outside Yuma on an accident investigation.
There were Blue Knights from AZ I, II, VI, IX, and CA 1 in attendance. From AZ IX was Ray & Donna Valenzuela, Mike Martin from CA 1, and Ron Friend.
I have posted photos and videos from the event under the “Photos” tab. The videos are the Pipes and Drums.
What a great turnout we had at Thunder Canyon Brewery this month. We had a total of 23 members, family, and friends attend. We had riders come from Tombstone, Green Valley Sahuarita, Vail, and of course Tucson. Those who made the dinner ride were Frank & Kate Brunetti, who brought along a prospective member Lee Thomet, Jeff Jamieson, long time missed Bill (Rev) & Antje Calkins, Stewart & Judy Van Kirk, Will Harris, Stan & Patti Thibaut, Jim & Barb Kneup, Steve & Julie Kelly, Ernie & Priscilla Wolf, Mike Martin, Rich Fancher, Alan Stewart & Susan Wagner, long time missed Mark Maisto, and yours truly.
Our president Stan is mending well as can be expected. As things progress and he begins to heal he will be up and riding in no time.
Great times, great food, and great company was had by all. Here are a few photos from dinner:
Well the 2013 SW Police M/C Competition is history. This year there were over 115 motorcycles competing from around the southwest area. We had motorcycles from Ventura, San Diego, Chula Vista, Ca. We also saw Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces, N.M. From Arizona was Apache Junction, Marana, U of A PD, TPD, DPS and many more that I can’t remember. There were Kawasakis, Road Kings, Ultra Classics, BMW’s, Honda ST 1300′s, and Victory’s to name a few of the different bikes there.
Norm Hubbard and I were judges for the Blue Knights. We arrived @ 6:00 am on Saturday and finally left @ 3:00 pm. Stan & Patti Thibaut came out to watch for a while as did Mike Martin and Frank LaVia. Stan & Patti couldn’t stay to long since Stan is still recuperating. Norm and I were judging the M/C competition part. This involved the riders going through courses starting with; The Sickle, Off-set Cone Weave, 1800 Decel, Intersection (1), Single 360, Intersection (2), The Harp, Slow Cone Weave, Double 360, and finally the Stop Box. All of this was timed from the moment you started. Most of these runs were done in under 60 seconds. There were several bikes that went down in trying to negotiate these tight turns. These are tight turns and you are trying to have the best time possible.
Officers could also compete in Slow Ride, Pair Riding, and Team Riding. There was one unfortunate event in the Team Riding. Once of the Officers, (not sure where he was from), went down. His bike came down on his leg and the last we heard was he had a broken leg. No word yet what the outcome was.
I posted some pictures under the “Photos” tab for you to look at. Hopefully I will get some more photos, along with a complete list of all the riders, where they were from as well as their final scores. Maybe I will get a video or two of the riders in action.
All of the proceeds from this event went to the “Special Olympics.”
We had a rather good turnout this month at the Vail Steakhouse. A total of 17 members, family and friends made breakfast. We even got to see our fearless leader Stan, who was able to make it. Those who made the ride were: Jeff & Kelli Jamieson, Frank & Kate Brunetti, Terry, George (Bud) Welch, Mike & Tamara Leeper, Alan Stewart & Susan Wagner, Stan & Patti Thibaut, Will Harris, Larry Harris, Mike Martin, Bev and yours truly. A long time member also was there, Patrick Scherden. While Patrick did not join us for breakfast, he was registering people for the Poker Run, he did come in and meet the members. After breakfast Mike Martin, Bev and I went on the Chris Nason Poker Run. This run took you to the HD shop in Tombstone and several other stops before ending @ the Peacock Restaurant in Sierra Vista. Beverley actually one a door prize of a droid phone cover. Unfortunately she does not have a droid phone. Here are a few pictures from breakfast and the Poker Run:
This years Shriners Poker Run was much different from years past. This year the run was 87 miles long. After leaving the Shriner parking lot you went to Broadway turning right to the Walgreens at Houghton & Broadway. Here you picked a number from one to 52. From there you continued on Houghton to Catalina Highway where you turned right to go up to Mt. Lemmon stopping at the San Pedro Outlook where you picked a second number. Next it was on up the mountain to the Ski lift parking lot across from the Iron Door where you picked a third number. Now back down the mountain to Catalina & Tanque Verde, B of A parking lot where you picked your fourth number. Now it is back to the Shriners via Wilmont, Speedway, to Tucson Blvd., where you will picked your fifth and final number and they then let you know your hand. The low hand drawn was a 6,5,3,2,A. The high hand was Q’s full 3′s. There were over 300 entries this year in the Poker Run. A lot more than years past.
Yours truly DID NOT win the Harley this year. I guess winning twice is asking too much. Below are some pictures of the ride and some of the many bikes in the parking lot. Some of these photos were actually taken while I was coming down the mountain. I was just pointing out in the general direction and they came out pretty good.
WOW what can I say. We had one of our best turnouts in quite some time. A total of 22 members, family, and friends made our monthly dinner ride this month to Chad’s. There must be something about Chad’s since we always have a great turnout there. Some of our members came from Vail and Green Valley. Those who made the dinner ride were:
Stan & Patti Thibaut, Ray & Donna Valenzuela, Frank & Kate Brunetti, Alan Stewart & Susan Wagner, Steve Kelley, Patrick Shely, Norm & Mary Hubbard, Stewart Van Kirk and Judy Sable, Jeff & Kelli Jamieson, Kelli’s aunt and uncle Orville & Robert Hamburg, Beverly O’Donnell and yours truly. We also had our NEWEST member Ernie & Priscilla Wolf. Ernie & Priscilla just moved here from Colorado. They are having a house built in Saddle Brook. They belonged to Colorado 1. Here are a few photos:
Well another month has come and gone as well as our monthly breakfast ride. We had a good turnout this month even if the weather was a little inclement. A total of 15 members and family made the ride. Those who made the ride were: Stan & Patti Thibaut, Russ & Jackie Cole, Norm Hubbard, long lost Twan & Fonda, Pat Shely, Mike & Tamara Leeper, our old friend Terry who was the only one on two wheels, our newest member Stewart Van Kirk, almost member George (Bud) Welch, and finally Bev and myself. Here are a few pictures.
Well we made our annual trek to the Renaissance Festival. The weather was nice. It was a little chilly on the way up but by the time we got there the weather was wonderful. Those who made the ride were:
Alan Stewart, Susan Wagner, their son Ryan and his friend Gina, Bill Calkins, Bob & Rusty Ness, Bev O’Donnell and myself. I was on the bike along with Bill. Bill could not go to the Festival but he rode along up to the Tom Mix Monument. Since Alan and the family were dressed for the occasion they drove in a cage along with Bob & Rusty who drove up from Sonoita where it was obviously a little too cold for the bike.
How could you not go the Festival without see Ded Bob. We saw a fire whip show where the guy broke a Guinness record of splitting 44 roses from his assistant’s mouth in 60 seconds. The Falconry exhibition was excellent. There is way too many things to tell so you can just look at the photos in the “Photo” Gallery.