Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

by: United States Army Garrison Japan | .
Public Affairs Office | .
published: May 18, 2013

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and while the nationwide campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges drivers to share the road with motorcyclists, Army officials are placing greater emphasis on personal responsibility while riding.

Army accident data show that speeding and other forms of reckless riding, neglecting to wear PPE, and failure to complete required training are among the most common indiscipline-based errors Soldier riders make. Alarmingly, leaders and Soldiers over the age of 25 have comprised the majority of rider fatalities during the past several fiscal years.

The Army-mandated Progressive Motorcycle Program, which promotes lifelong learning through staggered riding courses based on proven practices from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, is now in its second year and has received positive reviews from Soldiers. A complement to that training, the Motorcycle Mentorship
Program, is already well established and boasts chapters in 48 states. The MMP pairs novice riders with experienced motorcyclists to foster an environment where enthusiasts continually learn from and keep one another safe.

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