SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The staff of Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 1 sponsored a motorcycle safety stand-down for command personnel at Naval Base San Diego, May 21.
The course was held to refresh riders on the importance of proper safety while operating a motorbike and included exercises that focused on overall safety techniques as well as tips for driving in San Diego.
"There is a lot of responsibility when it comes to two wheels," said Capt. Warren R. Buller II, commander, LCSRON-1. "You have to watch the other guy more than you have to watch yourself. You have to make sure you are 100 percent on board with the PPE [personal protective equipment] because that's what the Navy dictates and it all makes sense."
Topics covered included making sure riders are protected and wearing the proper PPE. Knowing how and performing maintenance checks on a motor vehicle's tires, controls, lights, oil, chassis and kickstand was also explained to participants.
Event organizers stressed being observant while searching one's surroundings to evaluate what actions to take in a given situation and how to safely execute those actions.
"We lose more Sailors and Marines to motorcycle accidents than to combat, so we brought in members of our community because a lot of times safety presentations turn into a PowerPoint presentation, sitting in a classroom and looking at stuff on a piece of paper," said Chief Operations Specialist Paul Reynolds, the coordinator of the event. "The reason we brought in the motorcycle professionals is because we wanted a non-pressure environment where Sailors can interact while establishing a culture of safety."
Members of the California Highway Patrol also gave a presentation about highway safety and drove the point home about setting the example for younger Sailors.
"Today we are getting really good training on being as safe as possible," said Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Jeremy Roberts, one of the Sailors who organized the event. "Make sure you are prepared with the proper motorcycle gear, the correct [insurance] coverage and everything needed to ride safely. It comes down to if I'm setting the correct example, my junior Sailors will follow by being well trained, and follow the rules and regulations of the Navy and the road."