At Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire, students are getting ready for basic motorcycle rider training that takes place from April to November and is offered for free to all members of the Department of Defense on May 24, 2022. 

The US Air Force emphasizes the significance of motorcycle safety as the number of road fatalities has increased during the cold season.

Between Oct. 28, 2022, and Jan. 5, 2023, seven members of the Air Force perished in motorcycle accidents, with four of them happening since Dec. 15, 2022, as reported by the Air Force Safety Center.

The group of individuals, consisting of senior airmen up to technical sergeants, varied in age from 25 to 35. But, three of them still needed to complete the necessary motorcycle education.

The safety center’s data shows that in the 2021 fiscal year, 18 airmen passed in motorcycle accidents, and 13 for the 2020 fiscal year.

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The Air Force reported on Jan. 12 that the rate of motorcycle-related incidents and fatalities is lower than usual due to fewer riders in cold weather. The Air Force believes that most incidents could have been averted, citing factors such as excessive speed, alcohol consumption, a lack of proper training, and no use of PPE. According to the initial reports, these were the contributory elements.

Local units have been motivated to halt activities and speak about motorcycle safety with their riders, like the comprehensive standdown implemented in 2019 to focus on mental health and suicide prevention.

The reminder to troops was to complete their instruction, take responsibility for their behavior, and refrain from driving too quickly or cutting off other cars.