Funds Earmarked to Promote State and National Safety Initiatives
The Department of Driver Services’ Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program has received a grant for just over $84,000 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). These dollars ensure that Georgia can continue to work tirelessly to reduce motorcycle fatalities. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than an automobile rider (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). This number reminds us of the necessity of motorcycle safety education.
“This grant from GOHS enables the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) to continue making the roads safer for riders and non-riders,” said DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore. “We thank GOHS for helping the GMSP educate and encourage all Georgia drivers to Share the Road.”
The GOHS grant allows the Motorcycle Safety Program to continue its efforts to promote state and national safety initiatives. The GMSP Outreach Coordinator researches, coordinates, and helps maintain a voice at industry events, local schools and colleges, regional meetings, festivals, and other public events. GMSP has an important part to play in Georgia highway safety, increasing awareness of motorcycles on the highways, and promoting the most current information on motorcycle safety initiatives. Visitors to a GMSP event display are encouraged to sign-up for their newsletter, which provides more in-depth safety information. You can also find them on Facebook (Georgia Motorcycle Safety) and Twitter (@GAMotorcycle).
The GMSP also regulates motorcycle training for new riders and seasoned riders. Their classes focus on riding a motorcycle legally and safely. While their program offers classes with increasing levels of difficulty, the Basic Rider’s Course (BCR) runs most frequently. It is for new riders. Students do not need a motorcycle or equipment to take this class. Upon passing this class, a rider obtains a 90-day license waiver card that exempts them from both the written and on-cycle skills test needed to earn a Class M license in Georgia. Motorcycle riders are encouraged to take a safety course at one of the GMSP approved sites and to refresh skills and knowledge regularly.