Press Release: GMSP Announces Grant

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November 14, 2016

Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) Announces Grant

Funds Earmarked for Share the Road Initiatives

Grant funding totaling $97,730 has been awarded to the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The approved funding will be used to increase motorcycle safety awareness and outreach by encouraging all motorists and motorcyclists to Share the Road.

“I am pleased that DDS and GMSP can further our efforts to educate and encourage all Georgia drivers to Share the Road,” said DDS Commissioner Bert Brantley.  “As riders and non-riders alike enjoy Georgia’s scenic roadways, it is imperative that we obey all traffic laws to remain safe.”

The grant allows DDS to further develop the Motorcycle Safety Outreach Program to promote State and national safety initiatives. The Outreach Coordinator researches, coordinates and helps maintain an adequate presence at industry events, local schools, regional meetings, and festivals to increase awareness of motorcycles on the roadways and provide the most current information on motorcycle safety initiatives. Visitors to the event display are also encouraged to sign up for monthly emails which provide additional safety information, as well as review the motorcycle safety message on other social media platforms.

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program offers motorcycle training for new riders, as well as seasoned riders, who want to learn how to ride a motorcycle legally and safely. The Program is based on a continuum of learning and therefore offers three entry points to rider education. Students participating in the Basic Riders Course (BRC) do not need specialized motorcycle equipment, as the GMSP provides both a motorcycle and a helmet to class participants. Upon successful completion of the BRC, participants receive a 90-day license waiver card that exempts them from both the written and on-cycle skills tests needed to obtain a Class M license in the state of Georgia.

Tom Komjathy, GMSP Manager states, “Riding skills are perishable, and riders must acquire and practice good riding skills. The GMSP in cooperation with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommend courses for sequential, ongoing lifelong learning such as the Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) and the Advanced Rider Course (ARC)”.

The Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) fine-tunes the experienced riders mental/Operational skills needed for survival in traffic, and the Advanced Rider’s Course (ARC), focuses on the complex skills of self-assessment and personal risk management.  Both the BRC2 and the ARC require participants to provide their own motorcycle and equipment.  Please visit the DDS website at http://www.dds.ga.gov for many online services including the convenience of enrolling in a GMSP training class and accessing many licensing services.

About the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. In addition to offering rider education programs, the GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, share the road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. For more information visit http://www.dds.ga.gov/motorcycle.

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GMSP Mobile Motorcycle Testing in Gainesville, GA – 8/20/2016

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(Gainesville, GA – August 2016) – The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program, a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services, is offering Mobile Motorcycle License Testing (RST) at the 2nd Annual “Hall County Show & Shine”, held at Laurel Park in Gainesville on Saturday, August 20, 2016.  Funds raised at the event benefit the Sheriff’s Christmas Bicycle Program, a program funded by donations from the Sheriff’s Office and the community to purchase bicycles for children to open on Christmas morning.  Their goal is for every child possible to have something he or she can call their own on Christmas.  In addition to the motorcycle skills testing and car show, this FREE event will feature a 50/50 drawing, silent auction, concessions, car crush, music, bounce houses and more!

 

The RST program gives Georgia motorcycle permit holders the opportunity to obtain their Georgia Class M (motorcycle) license. If the rider successfully passes the skills evaluation, they receive a 90-day license waiver to bring to their nearest DDS Customer Service Center to acquire their motorcycle license.

 

Event Details:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hall County Show & Shine

Laurel Park

3100 Old Cleveland Highway

Gainesville, GA 30506

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 

Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP)

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. In addition to offering rider education and licensing programs, the GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, share the road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. The GMSP directly operates training sites throughout Georgia. GMSP offers low cost, professional training to assist riders in improving their skills with a Basic Riders Course; Basic Rider Course 2 (Formally the “Experienced Rider Course”) and an Advanced Riders Course.

Press Release : GMSP Mobile License Testing in Gainesville

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6/17/2016

(Gainesville, GA) – The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program, a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services, is offering Mobile Motorcycle License Testing (RST) at the “Back the Badge Bike Rodeo”. The event will be held at Laurel Park in Gainesville, GA on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with community safety partners, Gainesville Police Department, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Safe Kids of Gainesville-Hall County, and Hall County Fire Services for a fun family event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes.

The RST program gives Georgia motorcycle permit holders the opportunity to obtain their Georgia Class M (motorcycle) license. If the rider successfully passes the skills evaluation, they receive a 90-day license waiver to bring to their nearest DDS Customer Service Center to acquire their motorcycle license.

Event Details
Saturday, July, 9, 2016

Back the Badge Bike Rodeo
Hall County Sheriff’s Office
Laurel Park
3100 Old Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30506

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP)
The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. In addition to offering rider education and licensing programs, the GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, share the road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. The GMSP directly operates training sites throughout Georgia. GMSP offers low cost, professional training to assist riders in improving their skills with a Basic Riders Course; Basic Rider Course 2 (Formally the “Experienced Rider Course”) and an Advanced Riders Course.

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Ride to Work Day – June 20, 2016

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Press Release- The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program encourages Georgians to “Ride to Work”

6/10/2016

Ride your motorcycle or scooter to work on June 20th!

(Conyers, GA) – The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) and the Department of Driver Services (DDS) are encouraging motorcycle riders to ride to work on Monday, June 20, 2016.  This year marks the 25th annual International Ride to Work Day. On this day, workers will commute via motorcycles and scooters to demonstrate the efficiency and other positive benefits of two and three-wheel vehicles.

Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program Manager, Tom Komjathy, states, “Each year, millions of motorcyclists participate worldwide. On Ride to Work Day, large numbers of motorcycle and scooters are ridden to work, which helps to demonstrate how these vehicles make parking easier, help traffic flow better and consume fewer resources per mile.”

With the increasing number of riders, motorcyclists and scooters are proving to be an economical, efficient and fun way to commute. Ride to Work Day also provides the opportunity for riders to practice good riding habits of, Share the Road and Riding Unimpaired.

“Riding a motorcycle to work is a great commute option for those whose are properly licensed and capable of safely handling a motorcycle,” said Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Bert Brantley.   “If you are not properly licensed, please consider a GMSP training class to ensure you are sharing the road safely.”

For more information about GMSP and to register for a course online, please visit the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov or at this link http://www.dds.ga.gov/motorcycle/gmsp/basicridercourse.aspx.

For more information on this year’s International Ride to Work Day, visit www.ridetowork.org.

Remember to Ride Safe and “Share the Road” with motorcycles!

 

About the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP)

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. In addition to offering rider education and licensing programs, the GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, share the road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. The GMSP directly operates training sites throughout Georgia. GMSP offers low cost, professional training to assist riders in improving their skills with a Basic Riders Course; Basic Rider Course 2 (Formally the “Experienced Rider Course”) and an Advanced Riders Course.

Press Release : May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month

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May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

(Conyers, GA) – May 1st officially kicked off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an initiative by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Department of Driver Services Commissioner Bert Brantley encourages motorcyclists to be aware of your surroundings and use caution. The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) and the Department of Driver Services (DDS) are reminding all motorists to safely “Share the Road” with motorcycles.

With the warmer weather in full force, roads are filled with motorists of all sorts.  The GMSP is encouraging motorcycle riders to stay visible and follow basic safety rules on the roads.  Tom Komjathy, the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program Manager states; Many times motorcyclists are not seen by other road users and motorcyclists can increase visibility to other road users by:

  1. Wearing brightly colored protective gear during the day
  2. Using highly reflective material at night on protective gear and motorcycle
  3. Positioning yourself in traffic to be seen
  4. Communicate your intentions to other road users with turn and hand signals

In addition, ride/drive alert, be prepared and ready to avoid dangerous situations.  Share the responsibility of keeping the roads safe and share the road.  As always, ride/drive smart and sober or get pulled over.

Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP)

?The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. In addition to offering rider education and licensing programs, the GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, share the road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. The GMSP directly operates training sites throughout Georgia. GMSP offers low cost, professional training to assist riders in improving their skills with a Basic Riders Course; Basic Rider Course 2 (Formally the “Experienced Rider Course”) and an Advanced Riders Course.