CALIFORNIA The Highway Patrol is handing out to high schools a 13-minute educational DVD called "Thrill or Buzz Kill?" in which a family describes its sorrow after losing a young relative in a motorcycle accident. The DVD also includes public service announcements from CHP officers espousing safe riding.
KENTUCKY The University of Kentucky launched a study to analyze ATV safety, particularly with youth riders. U of K trauma surgeon Dr. Andrew Bernard is the primary investigator of a multiyear study that will attempt to determine the fit between a child and an ATV that is adult-sized. "It will also try to determine how often a youth in a certain age bracket is actually fitted with the wrong vehicle," says Bernard. Kentucky is one of the leading states in per-capita ATV-related death rates over the last five years, he notes. "Kids are going to ride, and there is little that can be done to prevent that. However, there are things that can be done to dramatically lower the likelihood that a child or adult will be injured on an ATV," he says.
MAINE Polaris gave ATV Maine a $10,000 grant to continue taking its 20 ft. trailer across the state to teach people how to ride quads safely. The trailer carries two vehicles, a flat-screen TV and educational materials. ATV Maine represents ATV clubs across the state.
NEBRASKA The city of Chadron is allowing ATVs to be driven on one- or two-lane streets during daylight hours, as long as the vehicle has brake lights and a flag, the operator of the ATV has a Class O license, and he or she doesn't go more than 30 mph.
NEW JERSEY The state Senate passed a bill that would ban anyone from riding a PWC above "idle speed" within 200 feet of homes, beaches, marked swimming areas and people. A previous law set the demarcation line at 50 feet. New Jersey's assembly was discussing the bill at press time.
NEW YORK The state is the first in the nation to require online retailers to collect sales tax even when they have no physical presence in the state. At press time, e-commerce behemoths Amazon.com and Overstock.com had filed suit against the state, seeking to overturn the decision.
WASHINGTON Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland is offering an associates degree in Harley-Davidson motorcycle repair and maintenance as part of the school's Motorcycle, Marine and Power Equipment Service Technology program. The Associates of Applied Science service technician program is supported by The Motor Co., includes courses on setting up, diagnosing and repairing Harleys but charges only about a third of the tuition charged by commercial schools, according to Bob Monroig, LWTC Harley-Davidson University program instructor.