I am familiar with the Hurt study. I am also familiar with most of the national statistics involving motorcycle deaths. (I wrote a thesis on helmet laws for a law class.)Tristan said:
I'm no expert on the Hurt report, but I do recall that alcohol and unliscenced riders are very well represented in motorcycling deaths. These people will be totally unaffected by any more regulation.
Yes, alcohol and unlicensed riders attribute to many motorcyclist deaths, but often times it is the other motorist (autos) that cause the accident, be it from alcohol, inattention, or just plain stupidness when dealing with motorcyclists. Safety courses are designed to teach motorcyclists not only to ride with safety on their part, but to also compensate for the problems associated with other motorists.
Maybe safety courses shouldn't be mandatory for riders. Maybe it is too expensive (it only cost me $50) or it takes too long to get into a class. And maybe you will never be involved in a life threatening accident. But when it comes down to it, what is the cost if you are? You may have learned something in that class that could have prevented it.
(If you are wondering, my thesis concluded that helmets should be optional even though I wear one by choice.) But if they are going to regulate something, I'd rather they make motorcycle safety mandatory for EVERYONE. That includes better safety training to deal with motorcyclists for motorists too.