NEW ULM - New Ulm City Manager Brian Gramentz was one of 15 members named to the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Task Force on Wednesday by Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman.
Gramentz is a motorcyclist.
The task force will advise and provide input on motorcycle safety issues operations to the Department of Public Safety with the goal of improving safety for motorcycle riders and their passengers. It will focus on motorcycle rider training, motorcycle rider testing and public information and media relations for the safety campaigns.
The task force is also linked to Towards Zero Deaths road safety initiative. Towards Zero Deaths seeks to create a driving culture in Minnesota that advances the goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior.
The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center provided statistics on motorcycles: Ridership is at a record-high level with 237,000 registered motorcycles and 405,000 license operators. In 2012, there were 55 motorcycle rider deaths, which was a 33 increase from the 14 deaths 2011. The number of motorcycle accident deaths has been going up since 2008. Approximately 40,000 students have completed motorcycle training course during he last five years.