DEDICATED TO FREEDOM OF THE ROAD
DEDICATED TO FREEDOM OF THE ROAD
More motorcycles travel on Washington’s roads in the summer months than any other time of the year. Unfortunately, summer is also when more motorcycle riders are killed or injured in crashes. In an effort to reduce these crashes, increased motorcycle safety patrols start July 10, and run through July 26 in Pierce, King, Snohomish, Clark, Yakima, and Spokane Counties. The patrols will focus on illegal driving behaviors by both motorcycle riders and other vehicle drivers. Approximately 25 law enforcement agencies in these counties, including the Washington State Patrol, will be working overtime focused on drivers and riders who commit traffic safety violations. In 2019, 92 motorcycle riders died in crashes on Washington’s roads. This was the highest number of motorcycle rider fatalities in our state since 1982. Through June of this year, 36 motorcycle riders have died in crashes on Washington’s roads. It’s A Fine Line is an inclusive community of motorcycle riders advocating one common mission: zero motorcycle deaths by 2030. We want to share videos and stories about motorcycle events, rides, clubs, gear, safety and training because we believe that together we can save the lives of our friends, our families and our communities. http://itsafineline.com/patrols
"I myself am a motorcycle enthusiast. I enjoy the freedom of a motorcycle, I enjoy the scenery and just going for a nice ride on a beautiful day." - Sergeant Darren Wright
We can Stop Motorcycle Profiling
Learn about the new motorcycle endorsement test implemented in 2020 by Washington State and how to pass the test the first time.
(2012) This is the first video in a 5-part series featuring Washinigton State's motorcycle skills test. This video focuses on the first run of the test; the cone weave and normal stop. Read set-up info & instructions below. CONE WEAVE Set-up: An in-line weave marked by cones. Starting "T" (12' in front of first cone). 12' weave. Instructions: Start from the center of the "Start T". When signaled, ride to the left of the first cone, to the right of the second cone, and so on. Weave past all five cones without hitting or skipping cones or putting a foot down. NORMAL STOP Set-up: A stop box marked by painted lines/cones. 3'x5' stop box. Instructions: After weaving, ride to the stop box and make a smooth, non-skidding stop. When stopped, your tire must be inside the stop box, not touching any lines. When signaled, turn right and get back in line. This video was produced by the Washington State Department of Licensing.
DOL Motorcycle Awareness — A Second Look This video, created by the Washington Motorcycle Safety Program, follows a teen driver as a motorcyclist helps the driver learn about safer choices while sharing the road with motorcyclists.
Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 5007 that would make it legal to not wear a motorcycle helmet in Washington State if you're over 21. The current universal helmet law was enacted in 1990.
This 10-minute edit of the video in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Guide to Group Riding Kit explains riding formations, pre-ride meetings, hand signals, and more. Please visit the MSF "Host An Event" page on our www.msf-usa.org website to learn how you can spread important traffic safety messages to your peers, your students, or your community.
"People need to take more training after their endorsement because this is a controlled environment. You can see the whole range - there are no trees, there are no animals, there are no emergencies that are going to come up."