When it became clear that young Marines were dying at an alarming rate in motorcycle accidents, Marine Corp leaders created safety courses for riders to build riding skills and safety awareness. According to reports, those courses have apparently not worked as there have already been seven Marines killed in motorcycle accidents this year, the same amount as this time last year.
Despite the number of fatalities, officials hope that the new safety program will start to show its effectiveness by the end of summer. Those who have participated in the safety course, Marine leaders say, have already become safer riders.
The Marine Corp has regular safety courses, including “track days” that allow riders to ride on a designated course at top speeds in a controlled environment. They also invite professional riders, and motorcycle schools to the base to discuss rider safety.