Air Cav troopers conduct motorcycle mentorship ride, learn about safety
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FORT HOOD, Texas – More than 30,000 soldiers in the United States Army are registered as motorcycle riders, according to the Army’s Motorcycle Safety Guide. With that fact in mind, the Army has made an effort to emphasize the importance of motorcycle safety to help reduce the number of accidents and injuries that can occur onboard a motorcycle.

Motorcycle safety was the main focus for more than 200 soldiers from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, who took part in a mentorship ride Sept. 21, here.

During the ride, the soldiers were joined by professional stunt riders Nick Brocha and Ernie Vigil.

The organizer of the event, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Holliday, the brigade’s senior safety noncommissioned officer and motorcycle mentor, talked about why motorcycle safety should be a priority for all riders.

“Riding a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom on the road and it’s an incredible feeling, but there’s no denying the fact that motorcycles are dangerous,” Holliday said.

“There are numerous aspects of motorcycle safety that soldiers need to know about, so that’s why we’re out here riding as a group today,” Holliday added.

Holliday cited a few events the day centered around; the importance of protective equipment, knowing how to maneuver a motorcycle in the advent of a crash, and overall awareness on the ro…………… continues on DVIDS

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Posted on: 5:47 pm, September 25, 2012, by Christine Whitten, updated on: 06:02pm, September 25, 2012

On Wednesday one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the nation will take on the streets of Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas.

With a hundred thousand bikes rolling into town, safety becomes a topic of concern for many.

“Motorcycle safety is definitely important,” said Shawn O’Donnell with Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys. “I wear a helmet every time I ride. I hope everybody does, but the fact is, a lot of people don`t.”

Arkansas is a choice state, meaning helmets are optional for anyone 21 and older, but some bikers still opt to wear one.

“The best for safety: chaps, leather vest or coat, helmet. If you are not wearing your helmet, make sure you have proper eyewear,” said O’Donnell.

While wearing safety gear is an option, drinking and driving is not.

“We have got all of the safest rides in the town here,” said Burns. “Northwest Arkansas Taxi is a huge help for us. If you feel like you might not be able to get on your bike, we will have banners here posted with their phone number, they are happy to get you safely here.”

Accidents are inevitable but often can be prevented.

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