Troopers urge drivers to always be aware of motorcyclists around them, and likewise urge motorcyclists to engage in safe riding practices when on our roadways.

The tradition of promoting motorcycle safety across Louisiana continues as Governor John Bel Edwards has again declared the month of May as “Motorcyclist Awareness and Safety Month.” In the ongoing effort to increase motorcycle rider safety across the state, the Department of Public Safety’s “Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program” currently offers Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Instructor training courses and promotes motorcycle awareness projects. These research based courses address the critical physical and mental skills needed in the safe and skillful operation of a motorcycle.

Unfortunately, last year 95 people were killed and over 1,300 people injured as a result of motorcycle crashes in Louisiana. Though those numbers may seem high, 2017 saw a slight decrease in fatalities from 2016. In an effort to help continue reducing those numbers, riders are encouraged to participate in the program where they can be educated on safe riding practices including: being visible, dressing for safety, applying effective riding strategies, and understanding the capabilities and limitations of their bike. During the program’s hands-on training exercises, motorcyclists are taught to apply these safety practices to not only avoid being involved in a crash, but to greatly reduce the chance of injury should a crash occur.

Additional information on the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Rider courses as well as training dates and locations can be found at http://www.lsp.org/motorcycle.html or by dialing 225-925-6113 ext. 224. Throughout the remainder of 2018 the programs will be offered at ten training sites across the state.

Troopers urge drivers to always be aware of motorcyclists around them, and likewise urge motorcyclists to engage in safe riding practices when on our roadways. Motorcyclists should practice safe and responsible operator behavior such as obeying speed limits, wearing a helmet, and never operating their motorcycle under any form of impairment. If motorists witness hazardous situations or possible impaired drivers, they may dial *LSP (*577) to be connected to the nearest Troop to report that activity.

Contributed by Louisiana State Police