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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
 
Motorcycle Safety Training an All Hands Evolution for All Who Ride
 
GROTON, Conn. - The safety departments for Commander, Submarine Group Two and Ten are ramping up their efforts to ensure all personnel who ride motorcycles on and off base are aware of motorcycle safety requirements.
 
For Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, commander, Submarine Group 10, being aware of the latest requirements is something he has witnessed firsthand. Recently, he completed a motorcycle safety course in Kings Bay, Ga.
 
"The requirement to ride defensively has never been as important as it is today," said Bruner. "Even though I've ridden motorcycles for many years, I learned a lot during the expert rider’s course and I applaud those who have taken the efforts to complete the motorcycle safety course and ride responsibly." 
 
Like Bruner, all military personnel who operate a motorcycle on or off base, and as a requirement to obtain a base decal, are required to complete an approved motorcycle rider safety course, according to the Naval Safety Center.
 
Command Master Chief (SS) Wesley Koshoffer, Submarine Group Two command master chief, believes in the motorcycle safety courses because it provides safety aspects many Sailors may not have considered. Also, most importantly, it helps to save lives.
 
"It's not just about checking a box that you attended a motorcycle safety course; it's about hearing the message, and applying that message to ensure you can operate a motorcycle safely while driving," said Koshoffer.
 
According to the Naval Safety Center more than two-thirds of the time when cars and motorcycles crash, the driver causes the wreck, not the motorcyclist. Most of the time, the driver didn't see the motorcycle.
 
Lt. Bobby Forest, CSG Two safety officer, assists with certifying command personnel to properly ride motorcycles on and off base. He said Sailors need to be aware of the training requirements, especially after purchasing a sports bike.
 
"Military personnel are required to complete a motorcycle safety course within 60 days after purchasing a sports bike," said Forest. "We want our military personnel to have all of the safety tips available to safely operate a sports bike and to remain alive."
 
Completing the necessary training can save lives, in 2010, 10 of 13 Naval motorcycle fatalities did not complete all of the mandatory training related to operating a sports bike per the Naval Safety Center.
 
Other Naval Safety Center tips to abide by while riding motorcycles include: Don't assume a driver can see you. Take precautions before you ride by wearing helmets with retro-reflective materials. Keep your headlights on while operating a motorcycle and if you can't see a driver's face in his rear-view mirror, he can't see you, either.  Finally, be aware of your blind spots and be cautious of the likely situations that lead to accidents such as a driver changing lanes or turning in your blind spot and road hazards.
 
For more information on motorcycles, riding motorcycles on base, safety gear and the "Live to Play, Play to Live" safety campaign, visit www.navymotorcyclerider.com.