Fort Belvoir Motorcycle Safety Requirements

With motorcycle rider fatalities now accounting for 11 percent of total fatalities, and dramatically affecting the overall highway fatality rate, the Directorate of Emergency Services, along with the Installation Safety Office has stepped up the enforcement of the Fort Belvoir Regulation [FB Reg 385-10 (1 Aug 00) and FB 190-5 (15 Feb 06)] and Department of Defense Instruction (DODI 6055.4 HSPG 3) pertaining to motorcycle safety.

Single motorcycle crashes account for about 45 percent of all motorcyclist fatalities. In the past ten years:

More than 38,000 motorcyclists have died in single-vehicle motorcycle crashes

There were a total of 11,038 fatal single-vehicle motorcycles crashes.

There were an estimated 294,000 non-fatal single-vehicle motorcycle crashes – 39,000 involved property damage only, and 255,000 involved injuries.

A study of linked death certificate information reveals that among fatally injured motorcycle riders, there is a direct correlation between a head injury and helmet use. While about 35 percent of helmeted motorcyclists involved in crashes had head injuries, about 51 percent of the un-helmeted motorcyclists had head injuries. Stepped-up enforcement will entail checking riders as they enter the Installation to ensure they are in compliance with the regulation. Police Officers will also be stopping violators to advise them of the proper safety equipment and issuing citations when appropriate.

The Directorate of Emergency Services’ utmost concern is the safety of all motorists driving on the Installation. By ensuring these safety measures are being observed will make the Installation roadways safer for all.

 

In addition to the required safety equipment, there are a few simple pointers that all motorists should be aware of - both motorcyclists and motorists.

For Motorcyclists:

  • Get trained and licensed

  • Wear gear all the

  • Don't drink and ride

  • Ride within your limits

  • Be a lifelong learner

For Motorists:

  • Look Out for Motorcyclists

  • Don't be distracted

  • Give two-wheelers some room

  • Use your signals

  • Think “safety”

Remember - all persons operating motorcycles on the Installation must have completed an approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. Please contact the Installation Safety Office for more information, 703-704-0649 or visit the MSF website at www.msf-usa.org.

All Motorcycle Riders, both military and civilian, must comply with Virginia State Laws and the post Safety Policy, FB Reg 385-10 (1 Aug 00) and FB 190-5 (15 Feb 06) as described below:

  1. Riders must successfully complete an Army approved Motorcycle Safety Course.  Rider must have card in their possession while driving.

  2. Motorcycles and mopeds must have headlights turned on at all times except where prohibited by local laws.

  3. Riders will wear a properly fastened, approved helmet that meets Department of Transportation (DOT) motorcycle safety helmet construction standards.

  4. Riders will wear proper eye protection, full-fingered gloves, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, high-visibility safety vest or jacket that is fluorescent in color, with retro-reflective qualities that can be seen from the front, sides, and rear; must be worn at all times. Leather boots or over-the-ankle shoes,

  5. Proper eye protection includes shatter-resistant goggles or a face shield attached to the helmet.  A motorcycle or moped windshield or fairing is not considered proper eye protection.

  6. Government-owned motorcycles and those motorcycles and mopeds registered on an Installation by military personnel and motorcycles and mopeds owned by civilian personnel and operated on a military reservation must have two rear view mirrors (one mirror on each side).

  7. The use of headphones or earphones while driving a motorcycle or moped on Army installation roads and streets is prohibited.

Violations of this policy will result in:

  1. Denied access through gates if not in proper attire.

  2. Notification of the Soldier/Civilian's chain of command.

Repeat offenses can/will result in revocation of on post driving privileges.

Remember - Safety First and Share the Road!