Officers teach motorcycle safety to save lives
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Published: Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5:38 p.m.

With the help of law enforcement motorcycle instructors from across N.C., Roxanne McKenzie steers her motorcycle along Liberty Drive in Thomasville as she and other local residents participate in the Thomasville Police Department’s BikeSafe class on Wednesday morning.

Sponsored by BikeSafe NC, a program of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the Thomasville Police Department held a class promoting motorcycle safety at the Quality Inn and Suites. It was the first of four classes — taught by TPD motorcycle officers James Shores and Brandon Widener — scheduled by the department through July.

Motorcycle officers from the Hendersonville, Winston-Salem and Greensboro police departments and Guilford County Sheriff’s Office attended as assessors who rode along and critiqued the 11 residents participating with their motorcycles.

“We as (motorcycle) officers recognize the issue and the problems with motorcyclists,” Shores said. “It’s not intended to teach you how to ride. It’s all intended to teach you how to be a better rider, hone the skills you have and maybe remove some of the bad things you are doing, bad behaviors.”

The BikeSafe NC program was implemented in 2007. It’s credited with creating a 24 percent redu…………… continues on BlueRidgeNow.com

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Celebrating 25 Years of Motorcycle Rider Awareness, Education and Safety
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Celebrating 25 Years of Motorcycle Rider Awareness, Education and Safety

CONYERS, Ga., (April 27, 2012) – The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP), a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services, celebrates 25 years of motorcycle rider education, licensing and motorist awareness programs.

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program’s (GMSP) mission is to foster and promote safe motorcycle riding through quality rider education, a variety of training courses, and a comprehensive public awareness effort.

GMSP is responsible for motorcycle rider education throughout the state. GMSP trains and certifies motorcycle safety professionals to teach a variety of courses, certifies DDS personnel to provide the motorcyclist licensing skills test, and serves as a focal point for matters regarding motorcycling issues including the motorcycle operator’s manual, proposed law changes, licensing issues, and active support to other government agencies with a similar highway safety vocation.

“As the state’s advocate and instruction capstone for motorcycle enthusiasts, we are excited to be celebrating a quarter-century of teaching and licensing riders. We have grown to 22 state-operated and 14 state-certified private sites. As we continue to expand our reach, we continue to educate and promote the benefits, joys and responsibilit…………… continues on Duluth Weekly

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