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Chapter 11 - Recreation, Athletics, and Home Safety
equipment  where  conditions  dictate.  Also  exempted  is communication  equipment  being  used  for  official business. MOTORCYCLES The  Navy  uses  the  term  motorcycle   to  refer  to motorcycles,   motorscooters,   motorized   bicycles, mopeds,  and  all-terrain  vehicles  (ATVS).  If  you  are  in the Navy and operate a motorcycle, on or off base, you are required to successfully complete a motorcycle safety program approved by NAVSAFECEN. You must be licensed by a state to operate a motorcycle before you can enroll in the course. You must also complete this course before you can obtain a base sticker that allows you  to  operate  a  motorcycle  on  base.  Although  you cannot  license  an  ATV  for  operation  on  public roadways, all ATV operators must successfully com- plete the All Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute (ASI) ATV Rider  Course. Motorcycle safety courses are available throughout the Navy. You are not required to pay for those courses. Once  you  have  successfully  completed  an  approved course, it is important you continue to practice your riding skills. The skills you learn in the course are only effective if they are used. About half of all motorcycle accidents involve personnel with less than 5 months’ riding experience on the motorcycle involved. Navy  motorcycle  operators  must  wear  the  following protective  equipment  when  operating/riding  a motorcycle: A  properly  fastened  helmet  that  meets  U.S. Department  of  Transportation  (DOT)  standards. Properly  worn  eye-protective  devices,  which  are defined  as  impact-  or  shatter-resistant  eye- glasses, goggles, or a face shield attached to a helmet. A motorcycle-mounted windshield is not considered to be proper eye protection. A   long-sleeved   shirt   or   jacket,   long-legged trousers, and full-finger leather or equivalent gloves. Properly  worn  hard-soled  shoes  with  heels. Riders are encouraged to wear over-the-ankle shoes or boots. A   commercially   available,   brightly   colored, mesh or fabric safety vest with reflective vertical, horizontal, or diagonal stripes front and back with  a  minimum  of  130  square  inches  of reflective area; 65 square inches on the front and 65 square inches on the back. The proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for motorcycle riders does much more than protect them during a mishap. It also protects them from exposure to the  environment.  A  helmet  and  eye/face  protection (fig. 10-5) protect from wind blast, sand, gravel, bugs, and so forth. Clothing protects the riders from weather, flying objects, and hot parts of the motorcycle. Since motorcyclists  are  exposed  to  these  conditions  each  time they  ride,  they  should  protect  themselves  as  much  as possible by wearing PPE. SUMMARY We  discussed  the  most  important  pints  of  the traffic   safety   program   covered   in   OPNAVINST 5100.12F, Issuance of Navy Traffic Safety Program. We discussed to whom the program applies; possible penalties for failure to comply; safety belt regulations; driver  education;  pedestrians;  and  the  use  of  alcohol, portable headphones, and motorcycles. Read this chapter carefully and follow its directions. We want you to live and enjoy operating your motor vehicles for a long time. 10-7

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