Easy riding into motorcycle season the Army way
News from Killeen Daily Herald:

As spring approaches and temperatures rise, motorists in the Fort Hood area should expect to see an increase in soldier motorcycle riders of all levels of experience sharing the road, but not without potential risks.

A study released in November by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed an increase from 4,630 to 4,957 fatalities and 81,000 to 93,000 injuries in traffic crashes involving motorcycles from 2011 to 2012.

The increase in motorcycle rider injuries and fatalities includes soldiers stationed at Fort Hood.

“It has been six months since the last motorcycle fatality” said James Doherty, director of the III Corps Safety Office. “Fort Hood fatal motorcycle accidents have increased from six in 2012 to seven in 2013.”

The common demographics of soldier motorcycle rider fatalities on Fort Hood are male sport bike riders, ages 22 to 27, said Doherty, who is a motorcycle rider with more than five years riding experience.

“The top three accident causes are (riding at) excessive speed, exceeding (one’s) abilities due to inexperience and failure to maintain following distance — all of which demonstrate a lack of self-discipline,” Doherty said. “The bottom line is that soldier motorcycle riders are responsible for wearing the appropriate motorcycle protect…………… continues on Killeen Daily Herald

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Tri-County’s Anderson Campus to offer motorcycle riding courses
News from Anderson Independent Mail:

Motorcycle riding season is approaching and its a great time to get in on the classes offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in cooperation with Tri-County Technical College.

The classes are offered in a challenging, low-stress environment at the Anderson Campus where students can practice skills in a safe, friendly atmosphere while having fun.

Registration for classes is handled through Tri-County Technical College. Courses offered are basic riders course, intermediate riders course and experienced riders course.

The rider coach is Michael King, a certified MSF rider coach.

Contact Tri-County Tech for class availability and dates.

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