Press Release: Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) Announces Grant

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Funds Earmarked for Share the Road Initiatives

Grant funding totaling $93,458 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.

“The need for motorcycle safety programs is greater than ever, and this support from GOHS enables motorcycle safety programs and impaired riding initiatives to reach riders and non-riders alike” said Commissioner Spencer R. Moore. “Thank you GOHS for helping DDS and GMSP educate and encourage all Georgia drivers to Share the Road.”

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

GMSP regulates 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.

Please visit the DDS website at www.dds.georgia.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 regulating 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 www.dds.georgia.gov/motorcycle.

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GMSP to Provide Mobile License Testing at Hall County’s Show & Shine

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GMSP to Provide Mobile License Testing at Hall County’s Show & Shine

August 7, 2017

(Gainesville, GA – August 2017) – The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program, a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services, is offering Mobile Motorcycle License Testing (RST) at the Hall County “Show & Shine”. The event will be held at Hall County Sheriff’s Office in Gainesville, Georgia on Saturday, August 19, 2017. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with Georgia Department of Driver Services and community safety partners for a fun family event that will offer a 50/50 drawing, Rollover Crash Simulator, concessions, bounce houses and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Christmas Bicycle Program.

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 obtain their motorcycle license.

 

Event Details

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hall County “Show & Shine” 2017

Hall County Sheriff’s Office

2859 Browns Bridge Road

Gainesville, GA 30504

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.

Event Release : Forsyth Co. Motorcycle Safety Day

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Mobile License Testing at Forsyth Co. Motorcycle Safety Day

 

(Cumming, GA – April 2017) – The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program, a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services, is offering Mobile Motorcycle License Testing (RST) at the 3rd Annual Forsyth County “Motorcycle Safety Day”.  The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Georgia Department of Driver Services and local vendors for a fun family event held at the Cumming Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 30th.  In addition to the Mobile Motorcycle License Testing, the event will feature free motorcycle inspections by mechanics, dealers, “Challenge a Cop” cone courses, vendors, raffles, 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 and can obtain their Class M license at any DDS Customer Service Center.

 

 

Event Details
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Motorcycle Safety Day
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office
Cumming Fairgrounds
235 Castleberry Road
Cumming, GA 30040

12:00 PM – 4:00 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.   Go online to find a class near you.  https://online.dds.ga.gov/motorcycle/index.aspx

 

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.

Winter Weather Ahead

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