Acting Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Continued Motorcycle Safety through Rider Education and Training
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) wants to keep safety on the minds of motorcyclists as the riding season continues. Training, rider education, and time on the road are essential to keep riders proficient on a motorcycle.
In 2011, troopers in Thurston and Pierce counties investigated 122 motorcycle collisions that were rider causing. That means an error was made by the operator of the motorcycle and a collision occurred. Collisions like these are 100% preventable, and quite honestly, should not be happening.
At times, riders become complacent, or get an “I’m the best rider there is” attitude. When that happens, riders just might be putting themselves on a collision course. We encourage riders of all skill levels to swallow their pride and take a motorcycle training course. You can find information on available courses at the Department of Licensing: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/mototrainingtypes.html .
In the meantime, here are some tips that can help you stay safe while you’re enjoying a motorcycle ride:
- Watch road surface conditions: Wet roads don’t cause collisions, riders do. Slow down and increase your following distance when road conditions are poor.
- Choose a motorcycle that fits your needs: Will you be riding in heavy traffic? Riding long distances? Motorcycles come in many different shapes and sizes; consider your individual needs when choosing a motorcycle.
- Ride within your ability level: Riding a motorcycle is a skill, and like all skills, it’s something that you need to develop and maintain. Take the time to build your skill level and only ride in situations that you know you can handle.
If you’re a rider, consider a safety course to develop or fine tune your skills. Motorcycle riding is a great experience and enjoyed by a lot of people. Get out and enjoy the weather only the Pacific Northwest can offer. Ride Smart, Ride Safe!
If you're on a motorcycle enjoying this great weather please ride smart...follow the speed limit and ride within your ability.#RideSmart— Trooper Guy Gill (@wspd1pio) May 12, 2012