Motorcycle Safety and Accidents

This is something I found that might be of interest as it involves safety…

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — Naval Air Station Pensacola’s (NASP) commanding officer constantly emphasizes motorcycle safety, including safety riding courses and personal protective equipment.

Capt. Bill Reavey, NASP’s commander, is a motorcycle enthusiast who is well-known by Sailors and Marines on base for his outspokenness when it comes to motorcycle safety.

According to the Naval Safety Center, in Fiscal Year 2008, 33 Sailors and 25 Marines were killed in motorcycle accidents.

As of March 15, 14 Sailors and 22 Marines were killed in motorcycle-related accidents. Mandatory safety courses are required to ride a bike at NASP as leaders aim to keep Sailors and Marines safe.

The Navy has contracted a company called Cape Fox to train bikers in the proper ways to ride a motorcycle.
These safety courses are designed to train a beginner motorcyclist or to help sharpen the skills of an already trained motorcyclist.

There are as many as 10 classes a month at NASP, with 12 people per class. Reavey has completed the experienced riders’ course at NASP.

Personal protection equipment (PPE) is also mandatory at NAS Pensacola.

“First, proper PPE saves lives and limbs…,” Reavey said. “Second, people need to be constantly scanning the road and vehicles around them.”

Reavey hopes voluntary motorcycle meetings and safety courses can help keep Navy motorcycle riders safe.

“I would like to see more involvement in our voluntarily meetings and maybe a push to inform the motorists of the perils that a motorcyclist faces daily,” Reavey said.

So far in fiscal year 2009, there has been a decline in motorcycle accident deaths.

“There has been an 80 percent decrease in motorcycle fatalities so far this year,” said John Anderson, director of safety at NAS Pensacola.

The mandatory safety courses are “absolutely keeping down accidents.” There have been zero motorcycle deaths on NAS Pensacola this year.

“I think that the high visibility of the commanding officer riding his motorcycle in proper equipment and doing it safely helps make a difference,” said Anderson.

Many bases across the world are using motorcycle rodeos to help promote safety among riders.

Reavey believes that this is a good idea and could help raise awareness in the community as well. If you have been involved in an accident, find yourself a good motorcyle injury attorney quickly!
“The more people involved in this effort, the safer the community becomes,” he said.

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