California Motorcyclist Safety Program Training Sites Providing Discounted Refresher Training to Experienced Riders on May 14–15 for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
VICTORVILLE, CA (March 23, 2016)—In recognition of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and in coordination with California’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Motorcycle Group, California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) sites are offering four-hour Total Control-based refresher training classes around the Golden State to experienced motorcycle riders on May 14 and 15.
Established in 1987 and administered by the California Highway Patrol, CMSP is the state’s official motorcycle safety training program. The CMSP trains approximately 60,000 motorcyclists per year at over 105 training ranges throughout California. CMSP provides training motorcycles for beginning students, giving them a solid foundation that combines classroom and practical instruction in a structured environment before they take their own motorcycles on the nation’s roads. Statistics show that the intricate physical riding techniques and nuanced cognitive awareness skills needed to safely operate a motorcycle are best kept fresh with continuing education.
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan is a statewide, data-driven program that coordinates with a wide range of organizations to reduce traffic accident fatalities and serious injuries to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists on public roads.
The California Motorcyclist Safety Program is administered by the California Highway Patrol, pursuant to California Vehicle Code section 2931, which established permanent funding for the program in 1994. CMSP trains approximately 60,000 motorcyclists per year and operates more than 105 training ranges throughout California. For more information about the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, please visit www.californiamotorcyclist.com.
About California’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan Developed in 2005 and updated in 2015, California’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide, data-driven traffic-safety plan that coordinates the efforts of a wide range of organizations to reduce traffic-accident fatalities and serious injuries to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists on public roads. With the goal of creating a culture of safety, the SHSP, in coordination with federal, state, local and private-sector safety stakeholders, establishes goals, objectives and emphasis (or challenge) areas. Under the SHSP, from 2006 to 2012, overall traffic-related fatalities in California went down
30.4 percent and 17.5 percent fewer severe injuries were reported. In 2010, the state’s traffic fatalities reached their lowest level since 1975, when the federal government began recording them. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan isn’t just a document. It’s a continuous process, with focused teams studying safety problems, searching for answers and developing programs to improve traffic safety. For more information about the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan, please
About Total Control Training, Inc. Established in 1999, Total Control Training, Inc. is a curriculum developer that licenses its riding technology to training companies, states and the military. It also provides training directly to consumers and government agencies. More information about Total Control Training, Inc. can be found at totalcontroltraining.net and on its Facebook page.
According to California’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System that collects and processes data from collision scenes, 451 fatalities and 2,083 severe injuries among motorcyclists constituted 18.3 percent of the state’s totals in 2012. America’s armed forces discovered that a disproportionate number of these motorcycle-related deaths before 2008 were among service personnel. Prior to implementation of an extensive recurring training program in 2008, more U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps personnel died on their personally owned motorcycles than in military conflicts.
To combat this trend, the armed forces have been leading the charge in motorcycle safety awareness and sustained training. Scientific evidence has proven that continuing education for riders—using their personal motorcycles—is key to building long-lasting, advanced motorcycle-handling skills. The military’s fatality statistics showed that riders who were required to take intermediate or advanced training on their bikes were much less likely to die while riding.
In 2007 the Navy found that all of its service members who died on motorcycles were on sport bikes. So, in 2008, it required all personnel who rode these race-bred machines to take a military funded sport bike course on their own motorcycle. The statistical outcome was a 61 percent reduction in fatalities between 2008 and 2009. During the same time period, the Marine Corps required their designated Motorcycle Mentors to take a third level of advanced training courses on their personal bikes. The Marine Corps provided classes by Total Control Training, California Superbike School and others. The result was a 43 percent reduction in fatalities.
The Army provided advanced riding courses for personnel to take on motorcycles they own and ramped up its Leadership Intervention program as it related to motorcycles. In 2008 to 2009, the largest branch of the military suffered 37 percent fewer motorcycle-related fatalities. All of the armed services have sustained these fatality reductions to the present day by maintaining their recurring training initiatives—requiring motorcycle-riding service members to take intermediate and advanced training courses on their personal motorcycles.
On the civilian side, a multi-year study produced similar results. It discovered that fatality rates among motorcyclists who took only a basic riding course on training bikes were no different than those who had no training. However, a 61 percent reduction in fatalities was seen among basic-course graduates who followed up with intermediate rider-training courses on their own motorcycles.
Looking to generate similar outcomes, the CMSP is proudly offering the same opportunity for California riders in mid-May, during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. To participate in the refresher training program, experienced riders with a motorcycle endorsement on their valid California driver’s license are invited to bring their street-legal motorcycle, along with proof of registration and insurance, to participating CMSP training sites.
On May 14 and May 15, classes will run from 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission fees will vary between $65 to $100, depending upon location. More information about CMSP’s experienced rider refresher training classes can be found at http://cmsp.msi5.com/