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April 4, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Two Vietnam veterans killed in a motorcycle crash at a veterans' celebration Saturday were traveling 50 mph in opposite directions on the Charlotte Motor Speedway track when they collided, according to a police accident report released Wednesday. One of the veterans may have consumed alcohol prior to the head-on collision, a police spokesman told The Times. "We have some evidence that one of the gentlemen may have been drinking," Concord, N.C., Police Major Allen Overcash said in an interview with The Times.
May 16, 2001
Re "Mom, Can I Have a Hog?" editorial, May 13: Judging from the botched attempt to describe the appealing aspects of motorcycles to potential buyers, it is clear the author of your latest anti-motorcycle editorial knows next to nothing about motorcycles or the people who ride them. Rather than waste everyone's time trying to dissuade people from purchasing motorcycles, why not advocate better training for new riders and higher licensing standards at the Department of Motor Vehicles?
January 28, 2013 | By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
During his nearly 40 years as a columnist for this newspaper, my late father occasionally tweaked his readers - quite disingenuously - by belittling his cat, knowing the slur would stir invective so passionate and erudite that he could fill another column without having to do much writing of his own. I had no intention of employing that device when I recently wrote - quite sincerely - in defense of motorcyclists who navigate the space between cars...
April 18, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
Police Chief Elvin G. Miali urged the City Council on Tuesday to consider reinstating a motorcycle program. Fountain Valley police stopped using motorcycles in 1982 because of liability risks and officer-safety concerns. Only Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos and La Palma do not have motorcycle patrols in Orange County, Miali said. The Police Department has been awarded a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to pay for four motorcycles, officer training and related equipment.
December 24, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co., Harley-Davidson Inc. and other motorcycle makers must cut tailpipe exhaust by 60% starting in 2006, U.S. regulators said in the first such change since 1978. The rules require so-called highway motorcycles, including Honda's Gold Wing and Harley's Fat Boy, as well as scooters and mopeds to emit less smog-forming hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
November 21, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A California Highway Patrol officer died Wednesday after his motorcycle collided with a trash truck on Highway 163. Dean Edward Beattie, 46, a 24-year veteran, was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the 1 p.m. accident. Northbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours. The incident was under investigation.
June 1, 1988 | JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writer
After being pigeonholed in the Legislature for more than two decades, a bill requiring all motorcycle riders to wear protective crash helmets was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday and sent to Gov. George Deukmejian. "It's a miracle. I feel great," said the author, Assemblyman Richard E. Floyd (D-Hawthorne), after the house had passed his bill on a 44-25 bipartisan vote. Deukmejian has taken no position on the measure.
A state appeals court has unanimously upheld California's law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, concluding that the statute is in society's best interest and not overly intrusive. Associate Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine of the 4th District Court of Appeal, who wrote the 3-0 decision released Thursday, declared that the state has the right to enact restrictions, such as the helmet law, that govern public safety.
November 7, 2001
Love Ride 18, the annual gathering of more than 20,000 motorcyclists for charity, returns Sunday with a new cause--Sept. 11 disaster relief funds--in addition to the Reading by 9 program and the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. The 50-mile course will take riders from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to Castaic Lake for a concert by Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Joe Walsh, a catered barbecue and other activities.
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