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Riding safely per the instruction.

HMC(SS) Harris

With the weather warming up, it is time for all fair weather motorcycle riders to get ready to hit the roads. We have already had five of our shipmates and six of our Marine brothers die while riding so far this fiscal year. With the upcoming riding season, it is imperative that commands stress the importance of safe riding while meeting the requirements of the Navy Traffic Safety Program, OPNAVINST 5100.12J, released on 26 June 2012.

Per the instruction, commanding officers shall ensure all personnel assigned to their command complete required traffic safety training during normal working hours and not be charged leave. Commands must also establish a motorcycle mentorship program to promote rider education, safety, and training that may be partnered mentorship programs with base, installation, near-by Navy or other service commands.

The command assigned motorcycle safety representative (MSR) is required to do the following:

a. Obtain an ESAMS account and complete required ESAMS training.

b. Identify personnel who operate or plan on operating a motorcycle, ensure 100 percent compliance with the training and PPE requirements and document completed motorcycle safety training in ESAMS.

c. Maintain current information for riders in their command (whether riding on base or off-base) to include: an accurate listing of riders; type of motorcycle ridden or owned; state driver's license information; vehicle registration; DoD decal number (if applicable); proof of insurance; and rider training completion cards.

d. Provide the commanding officer with a quarterly motorcycle safety training status report that includes the names of those individuals who are required but have not completed training, the reasons training was not completed with a projected training completion date, and a list of individuals who were scheduled for but failed to attend training.

e. Attend the quarterly regional, base or installation traffic and motorcycle safety council meetings and serve as the command motorcycle mentorship program coordinator.

All riders must meet all applicable licensing, registration, insurance and training requirements before riding with non-compliance punishable under the UCMJ. Those who plan to purchase or operate a motorcycle (regardless of their intent to ride the motorcycle on or off-base) shall complete Level I training prior to operating these vehicles. Riders shall complete Level II training within 60 days of completion of Level I training or upon changing the type of motorcycle ridden. Level II or Level III refresher training is required every three years.

The three levels of motorcycle training are:

a. Level I. Level I courses include: the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) BRC, any state approved curriculum intended to provide novice riders the skills and knowledge needed to obtain a drivers license motorcycle endorsement, any course approved by any of the other services, or any entry level rider training course approved by OPNAV N09F/COMNAVSAFECEN.

b. Level II. These courses build upon the skills and knowledge that riders obtain in Level I courses. The MSRC and Advanced Rider Course are examples of Level II courses approved for sport bike riders. The Advanced Rider Course and BRC II are examples of Level II courses approved for non-sport bike riders.

c. Level III. These courses improve the riders' skills and knowledge through a curriculum that includes practice maneuvers conducted at street or highways speeds, challenging cornering techniques and other realistic scenarios conducted in a controlled environment. Examples of Level III courses include: the California Superbike School, the Marine Corps' Advanced Motorcycle Operator Course, Total Control and American Super Camp.

Statistically, the majority of navy riders involved in motorcycle accidents are the ones that have not completed all of their required training. We have had

All Sailors who ride motorcycles (operators and passengers) at all times, on and off base, and all riders and passengers on any DON installation shall wear the following PPE while riding motorcycles:

a. Head Protection. A helmet meeting DOT FMVSS 218, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Standard 22-05, British Standard 6658, or Snell Standard M2005 shall be worn and properly fastened under the chin. Fake or novelty helmets are prohibited.

b. Eye Protection. Protective eye devices designed for motorcycle operators (impact or shatter resistant safety glasses, goggles, wrap around glasses sealing the eye, or face shield properly attached to the helmet) shall be properly worn. A windshield, standard sunglasses or standard eye wear alone are not proper eye protection.

c. Foot Protection. Sturdy over the ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles shall be worn.

d. Protective Clothing. Riders and passengers shall wear a long sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, and full-fingered gloves or mittens designed for use on a motorcycle.
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