Navy Requires Motorcycle Safety Program

The most recent change to the Navy's Traffic Safety Instruction, OPNAVINST 5100.12J requires commands to set up mentorship programs for motorcycle riders. Required training courses, such as the Basic Rider Course and Military Sportbike Rider Course, are designed to teach the basics of bike handling and risk management. Sailors should consider looking for mentors who ride the same type motorcycle. General guidance, pre-ride inspections, and other topics and information for mentorship programs can be found at the Naval Safety Center's website. For more information on Navy motorcycle safety policy and requirements, visit the All Hands Magazine Online. For the latest statistics on personal motor vehicle fatalities as well as narratives, visit the Naval Safety Center's website. Help raise awareness by joining the conversation on social media using #NavySmartRide and #Motorcycle.

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