Police teach Soldiers motorcycle safety
June 7, 2012
FORT SILL, Okla. -- The 31st Air Defense Artillery and 75th Fires brigades partnered with the Edmond (Okla.) Police Department to present Soldiers a free motorcycle survival course May 29-31.
The course ran six hours each day and consisted of classroom and riding instruction.
The lesson plan and course curriculum for instruction was based upon motorcycle skills and operating techniques which are used by police motorcycle officers. Instructors demonstrated a variety of techniques to prevent accidents and to walk away safer from accidents.
"These lessons and demonstrations are beneficial to motorcycle riders regardless of experience levels," said Sgt. Acey Hopper, motorcycle survivor course instructor. "Being prepared for any possibility is the key though and that begins with proper riding attire."
Hopper explained in detail what proper riding attire consisted of: a Department of Transportation-approved helmet, leather gloves, long pants, long sleeves, boots, eye protection and some type of reflective gear.
"You have to make sure other motorists can see you!" exclaimed Hopper.
Officers also demonstrated different but proper techniques for picking up a motorcycle that has been grounded.
"It is a sight that no one wants to see their motorcycle laying on the ground but most every rider will have to deal with it at some point," said Hopper.
Officers demonstrated two different ways to properly pick up a bike from the ground. They stressed the importance of using their legs and not their back in any attempt to lift such a heavy piece of equipment. Many motorcycles can weigh 1,000 pounds or more.
The officers also demonstrated other save-operating techniques to include braking methods that can help prevent collisions. Even the most skilled and experienced riders were able to take some knowledge away from this course.
At the end of the training, Soldiers and civilians from the brigades walked away from the course a little more prepared for the challenges they may face whether in town, cruising country roads or breezing down the highway.