By: Tara Alatorre –
PEORIA – The Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation was awarded $100,000 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AGOHS) this month, which will fund scholarships for motorcycle training courses and help increase its outreach programs.
The basic motorcycle riding course can cost $300 or more in Arizona and completion of the safety course is a requirement to earn a motorcycle endorsement on a state driver’s license. All Arizona motorcycle riders or potential riders are eligible to apply for The Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation’s (AMSAF) new scholarship to receive a reduced-cost basic rider course.
“AMSAF is excited to continue giving out more scholarships to help educate new and present riders,” says Mick Degn, AMSAF Executive Director. “We want to thank AZGOHS Director Alberto Gutier for his continued support for motorcycle safety in Arizona.”
AMSAF’s mission is to boost awareness of motorcyclists on the road to drivers, while reducing rider fatalities and injuries through education and training courses. The scholarship program will help reduce motorcycle crashes by enhancing rider’s skills.
“This continues to be the largest single activity we do to promote motorcycle safety and awareness and to help reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities,” adds Degn. “This will allow anyone in the state of Arizona to apply for, and receive, motorcycle training.”
Arizona has more than 3,000 crashes a year involving motorcycles and the number continues to rise. The organization has already provided 2,000 scholarships for rider courses, according to AMSAF.
Visit AMSAF online at www.AMSAF.org to apply for a scholarship or to get motorcycle news and updates.
MOTORCYLE COLLISION DATA
- 5,286 motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- 5% increase in fatalities nationwide in 2016, according to NHTSA
- 3,115 motorcycle crashes in Arizona in 2016, according to Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
- 139 fatal motorcycle accidents in Arizona in 2016, according to ADOT.
- 145 people were killed in motorcycle collisions in Arizona in 2016, according to ADOT.