4 Canadian Riders have died in crashes in Florida in the last two days.The first two riders were from Quebec and died when a spool of electrical wire came off of a truck and struck their motorcycle.
According to the article from the Orlando Sentinel:
The motorcycle was southbound on State Road 415 near Sanford about 11:25 a.m. when the spool fell from the cargo area of a large northbound truck as it passed, troopers said.
Andre Grenier, 58, and Helene Bouchard, 54, of Quebec were ejected from the motorcycle, which caught fire. They died on the scene. End Quote
The newest crash took place when 2 riders from New Brunswick, on a trike struck a median attempting to enter the interstate.
According to the article from Bay News:
The driver, Gilles Michaud, and his passenger, Mona Dube, both of New Brunswick, Canada, were riding north on the frontage road on a 2009 Harley-Davidson three-wheel motorcycle when they tried to enter U.S. 19.
The motorcycle struck the raised median that separates the frontage road from U.S. 19.
Michaud and Dube were both taken to Bayfront Hospital St. Petersburg, where they were pronounced dead. End Quote
My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of these riders.
In Business & Industry News: Vietnam is planning to ban motorcycles from many urban centres in stages. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh and other major centres would see the limiting of motorcycles to ease congestion and improve air quality.
The government is also looking to reduce the numbers of motorcycles a household can own.
The government wants to reduce the number of registered motorcycles in Vietnam from 37 million to 36 million in a bid to ease traffic congestion, improve air quality and reduce fatalities.
On average there are 26 traffic fatalities per day in Vietnam with the bulk of them coming from the motorcycling population.
Japanese Motorcycle Manufacturers are concerned that these restrictions will deal a heavy blow to the industry as they sell 80% of the 3 million new units that are purchased in Vietnam yearly.
Personally, I don't think I would want to challenge the traffic in Hanoi. It looks absolutely crazy. What say you?
Have a good Friday everyone, and please, if you are lucky enough to be riding today, ride like everyone around you is blind and cannot see you.
Belt Drive Betty
Editor & Rider