PRESS RELEASE : Ride/Drive Safe This St.Patrick’s Day

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Reminder from: GA Department of Driver Services (DDS)/Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program

3/9/2017

Ride/Drive Safe This St. Patrick’s Day

As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry. But with all of that celebration brings an increase in drunk-driving crashes. This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, the Department of Driver Services (DDS) and the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP), urges you to keep our roads safe this St. Patrick’s Day- designate a sober driver.

Tragically, March 17th has become one of the nation’s deadliest holidays. This year it arrives on a Friday, so the potential for drunk driving crashes is even greater. “Please celebrate responsibly by never driving or riding impaired. Using seatbelts and arranging rides for friends who should not drive are excellent ways to ensure everyone arrives safe,” said DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, 30 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period nationwide. In fact, from 2011 to 2015, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had BACs well above the .08 legal limit, with 252 drunk-driving fatalities total. And keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink; walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention and coordination puts drunk pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.

GMSP Manager, Tom Komjathy says, “Drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people each year in our country, and every single one of those are preventable. The GMSP is encouraging you to make a plan before you head out on the road. Designate a sober driver before you and your friends celebrate. Do not wait until you’ve already been drinking to find a sober driver, and never try to drive/ride when you’re drunk. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Even one drink is dangerous if you’re behind the wheel of a car.”

Tips from GMSP to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day:

  • PLAN AHEAD: Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely. Find the name of a taxi company (or two), and keep their numbers in your phone, download the NHTSA SaferRide app, or rideshare.
  • ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Ensure your designated driver has committed to a sober evening. If you’re the designated driver, do not drink. Your friends are relying on you, as are the people with whom you share the road.

Commit to sober driving every day. Not only is drinking and driving a crime that could land you with a hefty court bill and jail time, but you put yourself and others at risk. The consequences are often fatal. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police when it’s safe to do so. If your friend/loved one is under the influence and heading for their vehicle, step in and stop them. You could save a life.

For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

About Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP)

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). 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. For class information and the option to enroll online, please visit http://www.dds.georgia.gov.

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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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