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Look Twice for Motorcycles

Published by Carly Oppie on Friday, May 01, 2015
"Look Twice for Motorcycles" during May's Motorcycle Awareness Month 
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Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program Names New Director

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Boise—Sunshine Beer has been named new program director for the Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program. 

Beer started teaching for STAR in 2003 and since then has filled the role of instructor, mentor instructor, and instructor trainer. She has served as STAR Training Manager since 2008.

As the Program Director, Beer will oversee the STAR Program state-wide. Idaho STAR is the premier organization for educating the public with strategies to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities. STAR provides training for all levels of riders, taught by Idaho certified Instructors. The program trains around 3,000 new students every year.

Beer replaces Stacey “Ax” Axmaker who stepped down the position in January. 
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ITD and Idaho STAR remind drivers and riders to be alert while on the road

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Monday, July 07, 2014
Motorcycle fatalities in Idaho peak in the summer months

BOISE – With the arrival of warm weather, the number of motorcycles on the road increases and so does the number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program want to see that trend end.

Based on preliminary reports, there have been eight fatalities involving motorcycles in Idaho during the first six months of 2014 (Jan. 1 to June 30), one more than last year.

ITD data shows that nearly 68 percent of the motorcycle crashes in Idaho happen between May and August.

Download a fact sheet with 2011-13 motorcycle crash data.

ITD and Idaho STAR encourage drivers and riders to be alert, sober and courteous, and to share the road so everyone can get where they are headed safely.

Motorcycle riders also are reminded to be prepared for the unexpected, make themselves visible to other motorists while on the road and wear protective gear to help minimize injury. ITD's crash reports show that 67 percent of motorcycle fatal crashes in Idaho are associated with rider error.

To reduce the risk of crashes, motorcycle riders are encouraged to participate in motorcycle rider training. Idaho STAR offers eight different courses for riders of all levels of experience and ability, from people just thinking about buying a motorcycle to veteran riders. There are 11 training locations across Idaho. To find one nearby, visit idahostar.org.

STAR training is associated with a 79 percent reduced crash risk and an 89 percent reduction in the risk of a fatal crash. To learn more about Idaho STAR and motorcycle training, visit idahostar.org or call 1-888-280-7827. 
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STAR Program Earns Idaho Press Club Award

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
BOISE—The Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program received the first place in the Public Relations-Brand Management category from the Idaho Press Club for its 2013 email marketing campaign.

The Idaho Press Club, a statewide association of journalists and public relations professionals, honors the best in journalism and public relations in Idaho each year. 

“Idaho STAR’s outreach program goes beyond what we teach in our courses,” said Maria Ortega, Communications Manager for Idaho STAR. “Outreach is a very strong component of the program; we continually encourage motorcycle safety and continued learning, which are the two main goals of the campaign recognized by the Idaho Press Club.”

The Idaho STAR Program reaches out to thousands of drivers and motorcycle riders each year. In addition to its eight courses and a strong online presence offering rider resources and information, STAR now offers its graduates a new way to connect with the program via its email marketing campaign.

About Idaho STAR

The Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program is an Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education program and operates through the College of Southern Idaho. STAR is accredited by the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA). STAR training is associated with a 79% reduced crash risk and an 89% reduction in the risk of a fatal crash. STAR provides courses for all levels of riders, taught by Idaho certified instructors. To find a class near you visit idahostar.org or call 1-888-280-7827.  
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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

BOISE— Every year, about 500 motorcycle crashes are reported in Idaho. To remind drivers and riders of the importance of sharing the road, Idaho riders are joining the national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month campaign through the month of May.  
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Spring Brings Motorcycles Back on the Road

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Monday, February 24, 2014

BOISE  – Spring is back and with it, motorcycles will be back on the roads. Idaho STAR, the state’s motorcycle safety program, will be holding three Spring Openers to kick off the motorcycle riding season and to reach riders with information to prevent crashes. 

Motorcycle Safety Program director receives national award

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Friday, August 30, 2013

Boise—Stacey “Ax” Axmaker, director of the Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program, received the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) 2013 Outstanding Contribution Award. The award was presented on August 24 at the National Summit on Comprehensive Motorcycle Safety Programs, in Kansas City, Mo. 

Serving ALL Riders

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Friday, August 09, 2013
As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, in my riding career, I have crashed. In one of those crashes, I ended up sliding down the street behind my bike (which was also sliding down the street). After that crash (and after many other crashes that I have heard about and read about), people often say things like ‘Yes, your gear probably saved you from greater injury, but what could you have done earlier to prevent the crash in the first place? Could you have been going slower? Making better judgments? Maintaining a better following distance?’ These are all great questions and worthy of us asking ourselves so that we can better our odds for the future. However, if you are the one asking these questions of another, I urge you to tread cautiously: 
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Motorcycle Safety Program Targets Crash Factors

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Thursday, August 01, 2013
BOISE—Preliminary data shows that 13 people have died in motorcycle crashes in Idaho so far this year, the same number of fatalities from January through July last year. 
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Motorcycle Crash - It won’t happen to me because…

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Thursday, July 11, 2013

We have seen several motorcycle crashes in the news lately. Some were fatal…some were not. The crash factors reported have been varied: animal strikes, gravel, tailgating resulting in a rear-end crash, running wide in a corner, car violating the rider’s right-of-way, etc. Some riders were wearing gear…some riders were not.