By Aaron C. Rowell, Installation Safety Office
Motorcycle safety will stay on the “hot topics” list until we get a handle on the needless fatalities and injuries resulting from careless riding of motorcycles.
Service members killed in unnecessary motorcycle accidents is a constant concern to leadership. The majority of these mishaps are a direct result of excessive speed and speed too great for road conditions.
The second greatest contributing factor is not wearing proper protective gear or not wearing it correctly. Some state laws do not require helmets, but military members must wear all protective gear for every ride. This includes a helmet that meets Department of Transportation standards.
Most of the fatal accidents involved operators who were properly trained to Army standards. However, lessons learned in training are only good when applied. Some of the fatalities had no training or were operating without a license.
Motorcyclists need to keep their riding skills sharp and their attention focused at all times. To aid military personnel, the Installation Safety Office is sponsoring Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Riders Courses, Experienced Riders Courses and Military Sport-Bike Riders Courses.
All courses have limited registration on a first-come, first-served basis.
Training will be provided at no cost to all tenant military personnel stationed at Fort Meade and for all active-duty Army personnel Armywide. Army Reservist and National Guard personnel must be on training orders to take the training.
Training is not authorized for civilian personnel unless their specific government work duties dictate the use of a motorcycle.
All courses have limited registration on a first-come, first-served basis. An approved MSF course is mandatory in accordance with Army Regulation 385-10, and Department of Defense Instruction 6055.4, DoD Traffic Safety Program, for all military personnel who ride.
If students are taking the ERC or MSRC, they must bring their own motorcycle with a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas, as well as a valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement, proof of insurance and registration.
Motorcycles will be provided for the BRC if the rides does not have his own bike. No license or motorcycle permit is required if using Fort Meade-provided bikes.
Students who choose to bring their own bike (this is recommended if you have a bike), must bring a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement, proof of insurance and registration.
If you will be using our motorcycles, these articles are not required.
Training dates: (There may be additional dates based upon the number of registrants.)
Basic Riders Courses: March 29-30; April 5-6 and April 12-13; May 3-4; June 7-8, July 12-13, Aug. 2-3, Sept. 7-8 and Oct. 5-6
Experienced Riders Courses: (one day) March 28; April 4 and 11; May 10; June 6 and 13; July 11; Aug. 1; Sept. 6; and Oct. 4
Military Sport-Bike Riders Course: April 10; May 9; June 12; July 17; Aug. 7; Sept. 11; and Oct. 10
To register, go to https://imc.army.mil/airs/usg_disclaimer.aspx.
For more information, go to www.ftmeade.army.mil/pages/safety.