The following was released by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation yesterday, Sept. 11, 2012. The results are dismal, but given the economic crunch this country is in not surprising. Still, rather disappointing.
Dr. Samir Ahmed has resigned from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) motorcycle crash causation study citing “serious reservations about the value of the study”.
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation has learned that the chief engineer of the FHWA motorcycle crash causation study has removed himself from the project.
In an email sent on Tuesday, September 11 2012 by Ahmed he announced the following: “I am writing to let you know that I am no longer working on the motorcycle crash causation study. I have serious reservations about the value of study with the existing FHWA involvement. My expectations of the study are very low.”
Dr. Samir Ahmed, PhD, PE, was in charge of conduction and then evaluating the Federal motorcycle crash causation study for the FHWA.
The study was mandated by Congress in the SAFETEA-LU bill (PL 109-59). The study was supposed to collect data from 1200 crashes, however when the cost of the study more than doubled it became necessary to shrink the size of the project now the Feds are estimating that the number of crashes that will be investigated is down to less than 120. Thats just %10 percent of the original number.
The mandate directed the FHWA to work with the Oklahoma State University Transportation systems engineering school, a leading research center for all things transportation.
The MRF has had some serious questions about this study since its conception. The MRF did not lobby Congress to have the study mandated.
“It is no question that we need more information on why motorcycles crash, but with such limited resources in the motorcycle safety world we should be putting them toward proper motorcycle rider education and motorist awareness to prevent crashes.” Said Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.
The full results of the study should be out sometime next year.