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Strengthen Licensing Law

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Utah's law for licensing new operators of high speed motorcycles, sometimes called bullet bikes, could stand some serious, thoughtful review.

As we learned recently from an Eyewitness News investigative report, the current law allows riders with virtually no experience on motorcycles to hit the road. No safety classes or skills tests are required! With passage of a simple written test, what is allowed is self-training and immediate legal access to our highways.

Sadly, far too many novices end up dead or critically injured. And often, their high-speed antics needlessly endanger other motorists.

New laws, of course, aren't always the answer. A few foolish speed bike riders will still do stupid, death-defying things and accidents will happen, regardless of what the law says.

In this instance, though, KSL believes the current law is far too lenient.

As a salesman at a local dealership explained to a KSL reporter posing as a prospective buyer who said he wasn't licensed: just go down the nearest DMV office, "take a little test and they'll give you a permit, and you can legally ride for six months."

In KSL's view, such a lax process invites unnecessary and preventable tragedy. It is a process that needs to be strengthened.

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