Kitimat woman succeeds in campaign for new motorcycle safety laws

A Kitimat woman's seven year mission to tighten regulations around motorcycle safety has been successful.

A Kitimat woman’s seven year mission to tighten regulations around motorcycle safety has been successful.

Denise Lodge has been campaigning for new rules since her son, Corey, was killed in 2005, a day after getting his learner’s licence. She’s been lobbying the government ever since, and formed a group called C.O.R.E.Y — Coalition Of Riders Educating Youth.

On April 30, the government announced new regulations and legislation, the first phase to be implemented June 1. (This Friday.)

The new regulation means that riders will be required to wear helmets that meet Canadian and international safety standards. The minimal ‘beanie’-style helmets will mean a $138 ticket.

By next riding season, phase two will be implemented, which will introduce regulations that limit the horsepower of motorcycles to new drivers, part of the graduated licensing program.

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