JBER Motorcycle riding season calls for safety training
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JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – The JBER motorcycle riding season has begun.

“People probably started to get the itch for riding motorcycles around the end of March,” said Todd Moore, 673d Air Base Wing safety and occupational health specialist. “That’s when it started to warm up and the snow started to melt.”

He said the unique environment Alaska provides attracts many who enjoy riding motorcycles.

“There are probably about 700 riders on base,” Moore said. “So far, to my knowledge, we’ve only had one rider that has gotten minor injuries this riding season. We’ve had no fatalities at JBER, which is the goal.”

According to the Air Force Safety Center, in fiscal year 2011 the Air Force lost 15 Airmen in motorcycle mishaps and three so far in fiscal year 2012. Most accidents were due to excessive speeds, failure to negotiate a turn, and unfamiliarity with the motorcycle itself.

“Both the Air Force Instruction 29-207, United States Air Force Traffic Safety Program, and the Army regulation 385-10, The Army Safety Program, make it mandatory for motorcycle riders to receive motorcycle safety foundation training before they are able to ride,” Moore said. “Army personnel are required to have refresher training every three years, and Air Force every three to five years.”

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