US study shows a 28% reduction in motorcycle-related deaths for bikes equipped with ABS
An article in today's Detroit News suggest the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are concerned about the rising rate of motorcycle deaths in the US.
Part of the article reads:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also is considering requiring new safety features on motorcycles, which accounted for a growing percentage of road deaths.
The agency plans to decide by next year whether to require anti-lock brakes on motorcycles.
An insurance institute study showed that the rate of fatal crashes was 28 percent lower for motorcycles equipped with optional anti-lock brakes than for those same motorcycles without them.
Motorcycle deaths have more than doubled since 1997, from 2,116 to 5,154 in 2007. The motorcycle fatality rate has also nearly doubled from 21 per million miles traveled in 1997 to 39 in 2007. Injuries also have doubled.
Should ABS become compulsory if it can contribute to reducing road deaths?
Posted: 02/07/2009 at 16:39
Posted: 02/07/2009 at 16:45
I guess that it's not that 'ABS' is safer - it is that riders concerned with safety will tend to choose to buy ABS equipped motorcycles.
Posted: 02/07/2009 at 17:34
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