I think The Star should be ashamed of itself for writing such a lazy, sensationalistic article that is meant to alarm and not inform (12/20, A-1, “.‘Stunting’ a deadly new road danger; Treacherous tricks by motorcyclists endanger themselves and the drivers around them”).
You mention the record number of deaths in the area and in the nation, but don’t write one sentence about increased motorcycle sales or how many more people are getting their motorcycle endorsements. You didn’t differentiate between sportbike and cruiser deaths, or causes.
Stunting is not new and it is not the latest craze. Ever see “Superbikes” on the Speed channel, or the “X-Games” on the television?
You misrepresent an online forum quote that you attributed to a local sportbike rider. It is clear to me that the online forum quote was about riding in cold weather, not about stunting. You simply misquoted this person and used the quote to make it sound like the motorcyclist was terrorizing the occupants of the vehicle.
Why is this article presented now? Is it a slow news day and the editors had this article left over from summer? This article could have been more poignant in July.
Who let this poor piece of “journalism” get printed?