Preventive measures ready riders ready for risks on road

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Mollie Miller
U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center 

Speeding, overconfidence and alcohol lead to accidents

FORT RUCKER, Ala. — Last year, the Army lost 32 Soldiers to motorcycle accidents.

Soldiers who were leaders, sergeants through captains between the ages of 21-47, were killed. 

More than half the fatal accidents involved speeding and rider overconfidence, and almost 20 percent involved alcohol.

Just last month, the U.S. Army-Pacific lost another Soldier in a preventable motorcycle accident. The victim was not wearing a helmet or other personal protective equipment, or PPE. 

The accident remains under investigation to determine other contributing factors. 

“We are losing far too many Soldiers to preventable motorcycle accidents and we need to make every rider understand that readiness and risk management extend beyond the duty day,” said Command Sgt. Major Michael Eyer, senior noncommissioned officer at the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, here. 

“Saving our Soldiers from these accidents and preserving our fighting force comes down to each rider’s choice to train, practice, gear-up and ensure they are ready for anything out on the road,” he said. 

Steve Kurtiak, privately owned vehicle and recreational safety specialist at the USACR/Safety Center, said being a “rider ready for anything” comes down to getting the proper training, wearing appropriate PPE and being vigilant of all the possible risks on the road. 

“The safety burden always resides with the man or woman riding the motorcycle,” he said. “He or she, at all times, needs to be thinking that every single driver is out to get them.” 

As the days turn warmer and riding season rolls into full swing, Kurtiak said refresher training and caution on the road is even more important as drivers aren’t used to seeing motorcycles. 

“Right now, riders have to be on their toes all the time,” he said.

Army installations around the globe offer Soldiers, civilians and family members a wide variety of training and mentorship programs to help create a new generation of “riders ready for anything.” 

Basic and Experienced Rider Courses, the Military Sportbike Riders Course and the Motorcycle Mentorship Program all present important information meant to prepare riders of all experience levels.

“These programs bring riders together to learn and have some great, high-energy fun,” said Eyer. “These shared experiences help every biker learn from their peers about what to do and what not to do, to stay safe out on the roads.” 

 

Motorcycle Safety Tips 

  • Get trained and licensed.
  • Wear “all the gear, all the time” including a helmet
  • Ride unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs.
  • Ride within your skill limits
  • Be a lifelong learner by taking refresher training
  • Call 655-6746 for course details

Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

 

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