The tradition of promoting motorcycle safety across Louisiana during the month of May continues as Governor John Bel Edwards has proclaimed May 2017 as “Motorcyclist Awareness and Safety Month.” In the ongoing effort to increase motorcycle rider safety across the state, the Department of Public Safety’s “Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program” currently offers Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Instructor training courses and promotes motorcycle awareness projects. These research based courses address the critical physical and mental skills needed in the safe and skillful operation of a motorcycle.
Unfortunately, last year motorcyclists in Louisiana were involved in over 1,900 crashes resulting in nearly 100 fatalities. To help reduce those numbers, riders are encouraged to participate in the program where they can be educated on safe riding practices including: being visible, dressing for safety, applying effective riding strategies, and understanding the capabilities and limitations of their bike. During the program’s hands-on training exercises, motorcyclists are taught to apply these safety practices to not only avoid being involved in a crash, but to greatly reduce the chance of injury should a crash occur.
During the month of May the program will be offered at 6 training sites across the state. The locations and dates of the May courses are: Lafayette and Westwego (May 5-7); Bossier City (May 16-19); Lake Charles, Thibodaux, and Zachary (May 19-21).
Additional information on the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Rider courses as well as training dates and locations can be found athttp://www.lsp.org/motorcycle.html or by dialing 225-925-6113 ext. 224.
Troopers urge drivers to always be aware of motorcyclists around them, and likewise urge motorcyclists to engage in safe riding practices when on our roadways. If you witness a hazardous situation or possible impaired driver, please dial *LSP (*577) and you will be directed to the nearest Troop to report that activity.