May is Motorcycle Safety Month

| June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Honolulu Police Department officers and Tripler Army Medical Center staff who attended the training pose together for a photo on May 19, 2014, at Tripler Army Medical Center. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Honolulu Police Department officers and Tripler Army Medical Center staff who attended the training pose together for a photo on May 19, 2014, at Tripler Army Medical Center. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Story and photos by Spc. Paxton Busch, Tripler Army Medical Center

HONOLULU — In honor of Motorcycle Safety Month, Honolulu Police Department conducted a safety class to raise awareness at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), here, May 19, 2014.

The training was open to all, including current riders, potential riders and those interested in more information on motorcylce safety.

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano speaks with attendees of the safety training, May 19, 2014, in honor of Motorcycle Safety Month at Tripler Army Medical Center. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano speaks with attendees of the safety training, May 19, 2014, in honor of Motorcycle Safety Month at Tripler Army Medical Center. (Photo by Spc. Paxton Busch, Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

According to Sgt. 1st  Class Kevin Edmondson, noncommissioned officer in charge, Troop Command, at TAMC, the overall goal of the training was to heighten awareness and help riders make smart decisions when they take out their motorcycles.

“We want to minimize and mitigate the dangers of riding. We not only have to watch out for ourselves, but also for the vehicles next to us,” stated Edmondson.

This year, so far, there have been a total of 18 motorcycle-related fatalities, with 14 of those being NCOs, three of whom belonged to Medical Command, according to the U.S. Army safety site.

“Teaching new riders proper motorcycle safety and better techniques should help with reducing the risk or possibility that our Soldiers show up on the preliminary loss report,” said Edmondson.

Visit Tripler’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TriplerArmyMedicalCenter) for more information on quarterly safety training at the hospital. For more information on motorcycle safety, visit safety.army.mil.

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