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As gas prices soar, more Utahns than ever seem to be turning to motorcycles and scooters to get around. Safety, obviously, is a huge concern.

"Motorcyclist dies in rush-hour wreck," read one recent headline. "Scooter accident proves fatal for boy, 14," was another. Indeed, motorcycle fatalities, including those involving scooters, have risen in the state the past two years.

Earlier this month Governor Huntsman declared May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month as the state launched a "Drive Aware, Ride Aware" campaign. In short, those in cars and trucks need to be more aware of those on motorcycles and scooters, while those riding two wheels need to be aware of their vulnerability.

KSL especially urges motorists turning to motorcycles and scooters to take advantage of a couple of excellent training programs offered by the Utah Department of Public Safety. One is for the beginning rider to learn basic motorcycle safety, while the "Experienced Rider Course" offers advanced riding skills. The courses take place on a regular basis at locations throughout the state.

Experts say training and experience are the keys to safe riding for those who choose to use a scooter or a motorcycle. As the training literature says, it is better to "hit the books before you hit the road."

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