For Immediate Release
July 17, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson, 626-8404
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Announces Comprehensive New Motorcycle
Safety Training Course
Combination of classroom and hands-on training “the most effective approach”
Augusta- Citing the well-established relationship between rider safety and rider education, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said today, “I’m excited to announce Maine’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles Driver/Rider Education Program has been awarded federal grant money that we will put to work enhancing motorcycle safety here in Maine. This money is going to allow us to provide an array of educational programs that will directly benefit motorcycle riders, motorcycle safety instructors and the general driving population.”
Dunlap says the influx of funding will allow the state to increase its’ pool of available rider coaches who are fully qualified to teach the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course. “This course has been developed by the foundation through years of both scientific research and field testing. It’s geared specifically to novice riders, and has proven to be a great way to get motorcyclists started off right.” Dunlap explained the course is a comprehensive approach utilizing a fifteen hour mix of classroom study and hands-on motorcycle operation on a closed range.
A Rider Coach Preparation Course will be offered over the course of three consecutive weekends in September. Upon successful completion of the prep course, graduates will be fully qualified to teach the Basic Rider Course. Candidates must be at least 21 years old, have a clean driving record, a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement and four years of riding experience. All candidates are also subject to a criminal background check. Federal grant money is also available for successful graduates to reimburse tuition and mileage or lodging expenses.
Anyone interested in more information should contact BMV’s Driver/Rider Education Program at (207) 624-9156 or Driver.Education@maine.gov before the application deadline of August 25, 2008.