May 5, 2011 in City

Motorcycle groups rally for awareness

From Staff Reports
 

A rally Saturday in Coeur d’Alene aims to boost motorist awareness of motorcycle and scooter riders.

ABATE of North Idaho, a motorcycle education group, will host the Motorcycle Awareness Parade and Rally at 10 a.m. at the Kootenai County Courthouse, 451 Government Way. A ride down Sherman Avenue will begin at 11 a.m.

Similar events are scheduled Saturday in Lewiston, Boise and Idaho Falls. The Inland Empire ABATE chapter will host a daylong “block party” beginning at 9 a.m. May 21 at the Backroads Bar and Grill, 2436 N. Astor St., in Spokane. The rallies coincide with Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Idaho had 28 motorcycle fatalities in 2010 and 34 in 2009. The top contributing circumstances for motorcycle crashes are failing to yield, inattention, improper turn, following too closely, and alcohol or drug impairment, the Idaho Transportation Department said.

For information on the Coeur d’Alene rally, call (208) 765-3527 or (208) 582-2262. For information on the Spokane event, email chrspuccio@gmail.com.


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