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Motorcycle Industry to commit $2.8 million in support of new crash causation research

July 3, 2007
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The new Motorcycle Crash Causation Study has sparked interest and assistance from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) – $2.8 million in funding, which will go to the Oklahoma Transportation Center. The industry’s attention to motorcycle safety remains evident as its contribution represents 30 percent more than the dollar for dollar match of federal funding required by the Transportation Reauthorization bill (SAFETEAS-LU) enacted in 2005, according to a MSF press release.

“We hope that this new field research, the first definitive crash causation study to be done in the United States in almost 30 years, will shed new light on the causes of crashes on our nation’s highways,” said Motorcycle Safety Foundation President Tim Buche in the release Friday, June 29. “Knowledge gained from this study might help all of us concerned with rider safety to develop even more effective countermeasures to enhance the safety of motorcyclists everywhere. We believe OSU will provide the strong management and oversight needed for such an important study.”

“We are extremely pleased that the industry has provided such generous funding, which is beyond what was initially thought would be needed for the research,” said Samir Ahmed, professor of civil engineering and principal investigator for the study at Oklahoma State University. “We appreciate the leadership the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has shown in making this study possible.”

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