Iowa DOT News Release



Motorcycle Safety Forum tomorrow in Des Moines

Posted on: April 24, 2014

AMES, Iowa – April 24, 2014 – The 2014 Motorcycle Safety Forum is a rider-focused event facilitated by Iowa’s motorcycle safety team, a diverse partnership of motorcycle safety advocates; the Iowa Department of Transportation and motorcycle instructors, dealers and riders. This one-day, interactive forum features several presentations, safety displays, an exhibitor tradeshow, and other exhibits.

When: Friday, April 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Iowa Events Center, Hy Vee Hall B, 730 Third St., Des Moines

Online registration has ended, but walk-ins are welcome. The fee for the event is $15.

For details, log on to: www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/motorcycle

Participants are asked to be prepared to share ideas and thoughts with forum committee members and other riders throughout the day. 

Motorcycle fatalities have increased significantly, both in Iowa and nationally, since the late 1990s. Iowa has more than 200,000 licensed motorcycle operators and more than 125,000 registered motorcycles. Preliminary data shows 41 people were killed last year while driving or riding on motorcycles in Iowa, down from 56 in 2012. Average annual motorcycle fatalities continue to increase among riders age 45 and older. Typically, about half of Iowa’s motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle, and about nine of 10 motorcycle fatality victims were not wearing a safety helmet. 

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Media contact: Toni Kerkove at 641-423-1675 or toni.kerkove@dot.iowa.gov

 


Iowa highway in the evening