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Traffic Tech: Examination of Changes to the Motorcycle Law in Puerto Rico
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    Examination of Changes to the Motorcycle Law in Puerto Rico: Traffic Tech
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    Puerto Rico enacted a comprehensive motorcycle safety law in 2007 to address the rise in fatal motorcycle crashes. Prior to the enactment of the law, the popularity of motorcycle riding increased rapidly from 47,920 registrations in 2000, to 89,379 in 2004. The number of fatal motorcycle crashes also increased from 55 in 2004, to 111 in 2006. The provisions in the law include: Prohibiting any person under 12 years old as a passenger; Requiring safety gloves that cover the palms to be worn on both hands; Requiring footwear that covers the ankles; Requiring long trousers that cover the ankle area; Requiring every motorcycle operator to keep headlights and taillights on while the motorcycle is in motion; Requiring motorcycle operators to stay in the same lane as other vehicles; Requiring motorcycle operators and passengers to wear a reflective vest or device while operating a motorcycle between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.; Changing the illegal per se blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level from .08 g/dL to .02 g/dL for motorcycle riders; and Creating new requirements for training and licensing. The law also created a seven-member Motorcycle Rider Advisory Council, established closed-course motorcycle-safety-training ranges, and implemented a public information campaign on the changes in the law and motorcycle safety.
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