The American Motorcyclist Association is praising the motorcycle industry for committing $2.8 million to make a new study into the causes of motorcycle crashes a reality.
The industry will contribute $2.8 million in contribution through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to the Oklahoma Transportation Center for the new Motorcycle Crash Causation Study represents 30 percent more than the dollar-for-dollar match of federal funding required by the Transportation Reauthorization bill (SAFETEA-LU) enacted in 2005.
"This commitment by the motorcycle industry is a vital ingredient in getting the first comprehensive study of the causes of motorcycle crashes in more than 25 years," says Ed Moreland, AMA vice president for government relations. "We recognize and appreciate the investment the motorcycle industry is making in its customers. Without this financial support on their part, we could not have taken advantage of the federal funding we worked so hard to secure."
"We hope that this new field research, the first definitive crash causation study to be done in the United States in almost 30 years, will shed new light on the causes of crashes on our nation's highways," said MSF President Tim Buche. "Knowledge gained from this study may help all of us concerned with rider safety to develop even more effective countermeasures to enhance the safety of motorcyclists everywhere."
"We are extremely pleased that the industry has provided such generous funding, which is beyond what was initially thought would be needed for the research," said Samir Ahmed, professor of civil engineering and principal investigator for the study at Oklahoma State University.