May 29, 2018
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who make the supreme sacrifice for our county. Those military members who served and died protecting our freedom and their family members are owed a huge debt of gratitude.
But what about you? How will you be remembered? Please don’t forever be known as a person who died in a tragic crash that could have been prevented.
More than 25 percent of the traffic fatalities in the United States have speed as a factor, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One risky behavior may lead to another. Did you know that 50 percent of speeding passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 weren’t wearing seat belts at the time of the crash?
We could all use a little guidance now and then. Especially when you learn that the guidance is rooted in sound advice. For example, did you know that nearly 34 percent of the people killed on Iowa’s roadways weren’t wearing seat belts? While it’s true that some crashes are so horrific that a seat belt wouldn’t have saved a life, it is estimated that at least half of those who died unbuckled would have survived. If they would have just taken the two seconds it takes to buckle up, a dozen or more people this year alone would still be alive.
Lots of folks ride motorcycles when they are in their 20s and 30s. Then life happens and schedules, budgets, and lifestyles change to the point that many trade life on two wheels for a vehicle better suited for shuffling family around.
As time passes and the kids grow up and incomes stabilize, many of those former 20- and 30-something motorcycle riders who are now 60-something, renew an interest in bikes.