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NEWS | Aug. 27, 2011

JBSA promotes awareness motorcycle safety with vendor-sponsored event

By Jewell Hicks 502nd Air Base Wing Safety Office

As we approach the last four weeks of our 2011 Critical Days of Summer campaign, motorcycle fatalities continue to lead all mishap categories across the Air Force, with six of 14 fatalities involving motorcycle accidents.

Thus far for fiscal year 2011, 14 Airmen have died in motorcycle traffic accidents. That's two more than in fiscal year 2010.

Historically, the Air Force sees an increase in motorcycle fatalities in August and September, the last two months of the fiscal year.

That's why officials at the Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M., are asking everyone to practice due diligence on the road. Let's close out the year without the loss of another warrior on a motorcycle.

Air Education and Training Command and the 502nd Air Base Wing are doing well this year.

We have yet to experience a motorcycle fatality within Joint Base San Antonio. Let's continue our efforts to keep the team safe. Let's continue this positive trend by practicing good safety habits on the road and by maintaining awareness.

Members of the JBSA community will soon get an outstanding opportunity to further their motorcycle safety awareness.

Cape Fox, the firm that conducts our motorcycle safety courses, will host a JBSA Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Day for members of all our military installations Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lackland Medina Training Annex motorcycle range.

The event includes educational and informational displays from various vendors and local agencies, a skill challenge and bike show.

We encourage all riders, and any potential future riders, to attend this worthwhile event. It could save your life! If you have any questions, contact the safety office at your installation - Lackland, 671-5028; Randolph, 652-1842, and Fort Sam Houston, 221-3836.