News Report on Motorcycle Training Cource in Tampa Bay Area Stirs up Debate

Bay News 9 (a Tampa Bay area News Chanel) did a report today on Suncoast Safety Council"s training course in Clearwater. The article sparked a lot of comments on weather helmets save lives or not.

“The riders being trained are required to wear helmets, but how do they feel about having to wear a helmet when heading out on the road?
“I feel it"s a really good idea," Taylor said. “I feel when you"re riding a motorcycle, safety is number one."

Taylor"s classmate Charles Salvatore agrees.
“I think everybody should have a helmet," he said. “You know, just keep you safe."
And safety is what Burton teaches, and says people can benefit from training and helmets."

Here are some of the comments:

Joe wrote:A helmet just guarantees you to be on life support. I would rather die than be a veggie. I think a strict automobile driver test should be given every 4 years…not just a written one. That will solve most of the motorcycle deaths….Failure to yeild the Right of Way.

RTR wrote:Been riding for a long time. At 70 mph a helmet just makes a better looking corpse. I dont wear one my choice. I do wear a seatbelt also my choice.And if the insurance companys could find a way to charge you extra for not wearing a seatbelt it wouldnt be a law either.

Quack-Quack wrote:As a recent transplant, I still do a double take every time I see riders without helemts down here. No matter how skilled the rider, the helmet will protect them from some of these crazy Florida drivers. Helemts are a “No-Brainer". The course must be doing some good, I do see those guys out there every day on the way to work. Keep it up guys, do they have a course like this for drivers?

JB52 wrote:Traffic law enforcement will help. If you believe you ever have the right of way, get off that bike immediately and plan your funeral. That"s a tip from an old school biker!

TK wrote:I have been riding motorcycle in Florida for about 2 years now. I went through the Motorcycle Riders Association"s Safe Rider Course before I got my license. I think what the teach in this class is the key to survivial not just here in Florida but whereever you ride. To this day, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my skills, safety and visibility on the road.

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Kevin Schwantz to Conduct Military Motorcycle Training

Schwantz Motorcycle Riding School to host condensed version of curriculum at several military bases for armed forces personnel.

Schwantz Motorcycle Riding School

Kevin Schwantz has taught thousands of students how to safely ride a motorcycle, but the next class will be different.

In the middle of December, Schwantz will host a condensed version of the world famous Schwantz School for airmen at an Air Force base in Florida. (He also has a school planned at a base in California in January). Rider safety is becoming an increasingly urgent concern to the armed forces.

A recent report showed that motorcycle accidents becoming increasingly lethal among active duty personnel.

The report, in the March 2010 Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, a publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, which covered motor vehicle accidents from January 1, 1998 through September 30, 2009, noted that “the most striking finding, however, is the sharp increase in the proportion of all MVA-related deaths that are due to motorcycles accidents.

In 2008, 38% of all U.S. service members in active service (and 40% of all active component members) who were killed in motor vehicle accidents were riding motorcycles; in 2001, only 14% of all MVA-related deaths of service members were due to motorcycle accidents. The recent sharp increase in motorcycle-related deaths has been noted and aggressively countered by the Services.”

Read the full story at: www.sportrider.com

Motorcycle Safety Websites

American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)
The mission of the American Motorcyclist Association is to protect and promote the interests of motorcyclists while serving the needs of its members.
Motorcycle Awareness Web Page
The National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators is dedicated to serving the needs and interests of state motorcycle safety administrators and programs by advocating motorcycle safety and fostering and promoting the exchange of ideas and resources.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System (MSF RETS).  RETS curricula promotes lifelong-learning for motorcyclists and continuous professional development for certified RiderCoaches and other trainers.
Motorcycle Training Across the USA
Motorcycle safety through training and knowledge
NHTSA Motorcycle Safety Information
Through education, enforcement, outreach, and legislation, NHTSA"s motorcycle safety initiatives focus on comprehensive programs that prevent crashes, prevent injury when a crash occurs, and reduce the seriousness of injury after a crash. NHTSA"s initiatives foster promoting motorcycle rider education and licensing; reducing the number of impaired motorcyclists; increasing motorist awareness of motorcycles; and increasing helmet use.
Snell Memorial Foundation (Safety Helmet Information)
The Snell Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that, for over fifty years has been dedicated to research, education, testing and development of helmet safety standards. Since its founding in 1957, Snell has been a leader in helmet safety in the United States and around the world.
State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA)
The National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators is dedicated to serving the needs and interests of state motorcycle safety administrators and programs by advocating motorcycle safety and fostering and promoting the exchange of ideas and resources.
National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proud to partner with motorcyclists across the United States to present the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety.  The National Agenda provides a snapshot of motorcycle safety today and a blueprint for the future.  The report addresses where we are in motorcycling today, looks to where we want to be in the future, and provides insights on how to get there.
Ride Proud Dress Loud
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and Florida Rider Training Program (FRTP) statewide “Motorcycle Conspicuity Campaign.” This statewide initiative will focus on promoting motorcycle visibility and safety in an effort to reduce fatalities on Florida’s roadways.