Motorcycle Troopers to teach training course
Ponca City Now - September 10, 2018 2:37 pm
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol motorcycle troopers will teach a free eight-hour safety course using your own motorcycle from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15.
The course will be tought at the Ponca City Airport, 2231 North Waverly Street. It is taught by Oklahoma Highway Patrol motorcycle troopers and funded by Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
An “M” endorsement required before taking the course.
The Highway Patrol says benefits of taking the course include:
- Proven safety advantage
- Enhance riding skills
- Insurance discounts
Students will need :
- Federal DOT approved helmet (helmets will be provided for BRC courses). For information on DOT-compliant helmets, visit HelmetCheck.org
- Eye protection
- Long-sleeved shirt and long pants (torn or ripped clothing not permitted)
- Full fingered motorcycle type gloves
- Over the ankle boots (preferably leather),
- Rain gear (if necessary)
All safety gear is REQUIRED to be worn while riding the exercises.
Any rider 18 years or older is not required to wear a helmet. Any rider under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet. Although a helmet is not required for riders 18 years or older, it is highly recommended.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Oklahoma Department of Transportation are promoting safe riding habits. Therefore, a helmet must be worn during riding exercises.
You must provide your own motorcycle that is in good working condition. The motorcycle must meet all Oklahoma State equipment requirements including current insurance and registration.
You must be 14 years of age or older. Oklahoma law requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. In Oklahoma the age for a motorcycle endorsement is 14. The motorcycle cannot exceed a 250 cc engine.
Anyone who successfully completes the safety course will receive a certificate and will be eligible for an insurance discount for up to three years, according to Title 36 Chapter 1 Article 9A Section 924.1
The course is free! The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Oklahoma Department. of Transportation have partnered together for teaching motorcycle safety. The two agencies are committed to reducing fatal motorcycle collisions.
There are only 30 spots per class, so sign up as early as you can. If the directors of the motorcycle training course see that there is a high interest in one particular area, they will do what they can to schedule an additional training session in the future.
Water bottles and snacks would be a good idea. Due to extreme heat that Oklahoma sometimes experiences, staying hydrated is a must. Water will be provided during breaks, but bring your own to be on the safe side. Also, a lunch break will be given. The break will not be long because of the amount of information to be covered. So, bringing a sack lunch is required.
There are a variety of motorcycles on the road today. This motorcycle training course is designed for all of them. This course is designed to enhance a rider’s safety skills no matter what type of motorcycle.
You should have a working knowledge of your motorcycle, but whether you are a beginner or an expert rider everyone will benefit. This class is designed for EVERYONE to become a safer rider.
Anyone wishing to obtain a motorcycle endorsement must take a written examination and a riding test at a drivers license testing facility. The riding portion of the test may be waived if the rider has successfully completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course.