Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on June 25, 1972 · Page 23
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 23

Pampa, Texas
Issue Date:
Sunday, June 25, 1972
Page 23
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M p,mp., Motorcycles - like little children • should be wen and not heard. While the problems of rattling pipes and noisy mufflers mi|ht strike some as considerable, It is the visibility problem* that pose the greatest danger. A motorcycle study conducted by an insurance company, along with data from the company's claims files, clearly show that in 70 per cent of accidents involving automobiles and motorcycles. Sunday, Vtaibili* Problem, Account For 70 Per CentiH Accidents the autottt simply did not see the cyclist in time to prevent the accident. The insurance company vice president and manager of the loss prevention department, explains why drivers have such difficulty seeing motorcycles. -To get a clear understanding, hold a pencil at arm's length," he says. "That pencil will now completely obscure a motorcycle approaching at a distance of 120 feet. A motorcycle traveling 30 miles per hour will take 2.7 seconds to cover IMfeet." The moat common type of automobile-motorcycle accident occurs when the two vehicles are travelling in opposite directions on the same road. The autoist turns ten at an intersection or into a shopping center, moving across the lane of the cyclist. The driver of the car does not see the cyclist in time to react and one more tragic highway statistic results. One way the cyclist can help himself with the visibility problem is to use hi* headlight during the day as well as night. A study by the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles showed that M per cent of the cyclists felt that use of their headlight made them more visible in city traffic and §5 per cent felt the headlights helped in rural traffic. About M per cent of the autoists involved said motorcycle headlights helped the visibility problem in city traffic and 94 per cent said H was a definite aid in rural traffic. Several statn have already enacted legislation requiring refhMratiom have soared by more than III per cent. degree of safety awareness and decision driving on the — •* UUI 1110 UHVIIBJ*!* ••***•• *» ••«— -P.— others are likely to follow suit Motorcycling has caught on in the United States, both as a means of inexpensive transportation and as a form of recreation and sport, While auto registration* have increased about 35 per cent in the last decade, motorcycle cent of all traffic accidents. Yet, due largely to the lack of protection for riders, they represent cjose to three per cent of all highway fatalities. Motorcycle accidents number among the wont in terms of severity. Solving the For hli own take, the automobile driver ma* ftipect a motorcycle M he would any other motor vehicle. He must allow proper following distance and not attempt to pass the cyclist on a single lane road where passing is not allowed. The car driver should be especially careful about making any turn* across the oncoming > lane of traffic. : There are a good number of precautions a cyclist can take for Mi own protection, He can make himself more visible at all time* by using hU headlight. He can wear floureacent protective gear during the day and reflectorited clothing and accessories for night driving. The Ford Foundation was established in 1996. 7Pe DINNETTE 96988 SAVE *50 Rtg 349.90 7 PC SPANISH DINNETTE MM" SAVE *30 R.9 199.95 MAPLE BED 69*' s PC DINNETTE 79" Hi-Low Bed BEDROOM $7500 139 SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SPANISH SUN LOUNGERS 1 Roll ' SHAG CARPET GOLD/RUST R«g8.74 yd Sal* 5.99 sqyd INSTALLED SAVE PRE PASTED 30 C ea TABUS Floor Samples SAVE *20 Reg 99.95 SAVE 6 e ea Reg 36' oa

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