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NEWS FROM: Office of Traffic Safety 99-146

Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program Awarded Top National Honor

Nevada's relatively new program beats out other states with longer history

The Nevada Motorcycle Safety Program has been awarded the outstanding program in the United States by the national authority on motorcycle safety, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Nevada won the award for the outstanding state program in Category II, which represents those states with annual funding from $100,000 to $499,000. Nevada is currently funded at $420,717 per year and the monies are provided by a $6.00 portion of each motorcycle registration and/or transfer fee.

The 1998 Motorcycle Safety Foundation's annual awards program recognizes those state programs, individuals, groups and military services which exemplify the effort, leadership and innovations necessary to communicate the message of motorcycle rider education to the public. Members of the Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program have also been recognized with the following awards: Outstanding Sponsor-Community College of Southern Nevada, Outstanding Instructor-Roger Fox, Outstanding Dealer-Kawasaki of Las Vegas-Honda Northwest.

Jim Utterback, Motorcycle Safety Administrator, comments, "Because Nevada's program is so much younger than other states, this award was totally unexpected and greatly appreciated. I believe that the Nevada Motorcycle Safety Program was recognized for those comprehensive awareness programs that go beyond just individual rider education. These programs target high school driver's education, senior groups, trade fairs and tie in's with national motorcycle safety campaigns."

Since its inception in 1993, the Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program has trained 6,394 students. In 1998, the program trained 1620 students, which represents 7% of the 24,463 registered motorcycles in the state. The original goal of the Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program was to train 750 students. That number was surpassed in the first year of the program's operation.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization promoting the safety of motorcyclists with programs in rider training, operator licensing and public information. The Foundation is sponsored by the US Distributers of BMW, Ducati, Honda, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha motorcycles.