Safety Campaign Urged After Motorcycle Death ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Safety Campaign Urged After Motorcycle Death

The death of Fort Rucker's Warrant Officer 1 Michael Boykin caused by a motorcycle accident has prompted a campaign to implement a motorcycle safety awareness campaign at the military base. According to Fort Rucker officials, a great number of soldiers have an interest in motorcycles - but not all are aware of the inherent dangers. Therefore a new safety program with professional instructors has been provided - the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course is mandatory for any soldiers who want to ride a motorbike on military installations. Although the 16-hour course can cost as much as $205 off base, the fee is waived if the course is taken at a military site. First Sgt. Patrick Porter says, "There are no training wheels with motorcycles. If you don't go to a professional, skilled instructor, you're putting your life in danger."

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