Subject: Motorcycle Safety Measures
Recently, we have witnessed several unfortunate motorcycle mishaps that resulted in fatal injuries to our fellow Soldiers. After careful analysis, it has become evident that the primary contributing factors to these accidents are a lack of training and inadequate protective equipment. To prioritize the safety of our motorcycle riders and ensure compliance with all safety regulations, I am implementing no-notice spot checks at the gate over the next two weeks. Riders found non-compliant may face denial of access to the post or may be required to park their bikes until compliance is met.
The specific items that spot inspections will check include:
- Wearing all base-required protective equipment, such as over-the-ankle boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and full-fingered gloves.
- Wearing a DOT-certified helmet, conforming to standards such as Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Std No. 218, Snell Std M2005, UNECE Std 22.05, or British Std 6658.
- Possession of documentation showing completion of the Basic Motorcycle Rider Course for military members.
- Possession of documentation showing completion of the Military Sportbike Riders Course for military sport motorcycle riders.
- Ensuring the outer garment is brightly colored during the day and reflective at night.
- Wearing a reflective belt on any backpack-type object covering the brightly colored/reflective garment unless the backpack itself is brightly colored with reflective properties.
Non-compliance may lead to the following consequences:
- Non-Active Duty military operators may be denied access to the post. However, they will still be permitted to ride their motorcycles when departing post as long as they meet state law requirements.
- Active Duty military operators, including members in active status, may be prohibited from riding a motorcycle until they acquire proper protective equipment and/or complete the required training.
- The individual’s Commander will be notified.
I want to express my gratitude for all the contributions our Soldiers make to our national defense. As the responsible authority, my utmost priority is ensuring your safety during all endeavors. If you are a motorcycle rider, I earnestly request that you continue to comply with the mandatory protective equipment and training requirements. For those of you who supervise motorcycle riders, I kindly ask that you verify your rider’s compliance to ensure their safety and continued access to the base.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Safety Office at (912) 767-7880 or DSN: 870-7880.