LHPD, Moto-United host motorcycle event Saturday

By Taylor Engle
La Habra Journal

La Habra motorcycle dealership Moto-United, in partnership with the Traffic Bureau of the La Habra Police Department will host an educational event covering motorcycle safety on Saturday from 4-7 p.m.LHPD Motor

Moto-United is located at 321 E. Imperial Highway, the site of the former LeBard & Underwood dealership.

This event welcomes adults as well as children, as there will be opportunities for the children to get their pictures taken on a motorcycle and to interact with motor officers. The motor officers will be available to answer questions, provide motorcycle advice, and perform demonstrations. The LHPD will also have on display their DUI Command Post trailer, commercial enforcement truck, and police motorcycles.

There will also be booths set up by various safety apparel and safety course companies, including Helmet House, Tucker Rocky, and Fox. Moto-United will be hosting helmet and riding gear give-aways throughout the event and providing refreshments and information for the attendees. Food trucks will also be available to the attendees.

“We’re expecting a really good turnout. We’ve gotten excellent feedback from our advertising and we’re expecting hundreds of people to show up,” said office manager of Moto United David Miller. Moto-United will be doing the hosting and making sure everything runs smoothly.

The last event Moto-United hosted similar to this had a turnout of approximately 400 people. They are expecting a comparable turnout.

“We really want to increase awareness about the importance of motorcycle safety,” said Moto-United owner Chase Smith. “Most motorcycle fatalities are due to rider error and lack of protective gear. We want to provide the proper information and gear to get these fatalities down to zero.”

The goal of this event is not only motorcycle safety but to form a proper collaboration between the La Habra Police Department, Moto-United, and the community.

“Motorcycle riding is a passion for many people out there. Our intent is to have a great opportunity for the public to interact with professional motorcycle officers, so we can promote the vital safety aspects for riders and motorists, alike,” said La Habra Motor Sergeant Jim Tigner. “Police motor officers are some of the most trained and experienced riders out there and they enjoy talking to other riders to promote safety. We want to make riders more aware of the importance of their safety gear and share some techniques for collision avoidance.”

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data in 2013, motorcyclists nationwide made up 14 percent of vehicle related fatalities, a five percent increase from 2004. Motorcycle collisions in 2013 resulted in 475 fatalities and 13,143 injuries. The fatality rate per mile for a motorcyclist is sixteen times greater than a regular vehicle occupant.

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