The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about two very important motorcycle safety milestones. In July, they will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP). Over the past three decades, the CMSP has educated more than one million motorcyclists across the State of California. The first course began on July 1, 1987, in Sacramento. Now, there are more than 100 different CMSP locations around California, and classes are available nearly every weekend of the year.
30 Years of Safety Training and a Million Riders
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow is quick to point out that California has been a leader in promoting motorcycle safety across the nation. Pioneering statewide motorcycle safety courses, the CMSP has helped to improve the safety of motorcycle riders on California roadways for three decades. Students who go through the CMSP gain the knowledge, education, and training they need to increase their personal safety and the safety of those they share the road with. Whether you’re a first-time rider or a seasoned motorcyclist, there is plenty to gain from one of the CHP’s Motorcycle Training Courses (MTC).
CHP’s Motorcycle Training Course
At this time, the MTC is a 15-hour class. This includes five hours of classroom learning and 10 hours of actual motorcycle riding instruction. For riders under 21 years old, the class is mandatory. Even though it’s not mandatory for riders over 21, it’s still a great idea, especially for riders who are getting ready for their motorcycle endorsement. We know that motorcyclists are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in California and across the nation. The CHP’s training can help you to improve your safety and efficacy as a motorcycle rider on California roadways.
Motorcycle Crashes in California
According to the CHP, motorcyclist fatalities happened 27 times more often than fatalities involving other vehicles in 2014. The CHP believes that motorcycle riding is a lifelong skill, and additional advanced training can always be a good thing. If you’re interested in enrolling in the MTC or the more advanced Premier Program, get in touch with your local CHP office.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in or around the San Diego or Central Coast areas, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS today.