Motorcycle safety a top concern in summer

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • Robins Public Affairs
Safety should continue to be on everyone's minds during the 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign. This season's campaign runs through Sept. 3.

More families are out and about enjoying the summer months. With this comes the increased risk of accidents, but also opportunities to pay more attention to our surroundings.

Maintaining safety precautions can include everything from wearing safety glasses and hearing protection while operating yard equipment to practicing the buddy system while swimming or boating.

Motorcycles are a popular means of transportation for Airmen around base, and car drivers should be aware of their movements as they are driving. So far, there have been six motorcycle fatalities Air Force-wide in the first six weeks of the campaign, according to Lt. Col. Nate Tart, installation chief of safety.

"Riding a motorcycle in traffic is like a mouse running through a herd of elephants," said Tart. "Be alert and ready to take quick evasive actions or you'll be crushed. Commit to taking motorcycle instruction to become a better and safer rider right now."

Sign up for classes by calling 468-6271 or stop by Bldg. 707. Basic, sports bike and experienced Motorcycle Safety Foundation classes are offered.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation also provides helpful information for bike riders at

Additionally, the Air Force Safety Center website at also includes useful tips for a safe summer.