Motorcycle safety program gets $99K grant

Motorcycle safety program gets $99K grant

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - The Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) approved $99,600 for the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP).  to be used for increased share the road and impaired riding initiatives and motorcycle safety awareness.

"The need for motorcycle safety training is greater than ever, and this support from GOHS enables motorcycle safety awareness programs and impaired riding initiatives to reach riders and non-riders alike. I am pleased that DDS and GMSP can further our efforts to educate and encourage all Georgia drivers to 'Share the Road'," said Department of Driver Services Commissioner Mikell.

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program offers motorcycle training for new and seasoned riders who want to learn how to ride a motorcycle legally and safely. Students participating in the Basic Riders Course (BRC) do not need specialized motorcycle equipment, as the GMSP provides both a motorcycle and a helmet to class participants.

Upon successful completion of the BRC, participants receive a 90-day license waiver card that exempts them from both the written and on-cycle skills tests needed to obtain a Class M license in the state of Georgia.

"2014 data points to an increase over recent years in motorcycle fatalities," said Tom Komjathy, manager of GMSP. "This trend supports the continued funding for rider education and awareness campaigns. We are grateful to DDS and the GOHS for their continued support of the GMSP and for keeping Georgia's roads safe for motorcyclists".

The State run program also offers an Experienced Rider's Course (ERC) which fine tunes the mental skills needed for survival in traffic, and the Advanced Rider's Course (ARC), which focuses on the complex skills of self-assessment and personal risk management. Both the ERC and the ARC require participants to provide their own motorcycle and equipment.

All GMSP program courses utilize research based curriculum developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

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