California Motorcycle Training Results

100,000th Student Completes California Motorcycle Training

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 7, 1996–The 100,000th student to enroll in a California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) training course graduated last weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced today.

“This program has really come of age,” said Commissioner Dwight Helmick, “and every indicator points to the success of the CMSP in improving motorcycle safety here in California.”

The CMSP, administered by the CHP, and authorized by the State Legislature in 1986, operates a system of 70 training sites statewide. These “California Motorcycle Training” sites offer basic and experienced rider training courses to California residents.

The training is mandatory for all those under the age of 21 seeking a motorcycle license or endorsement, and any rider successfully completing the basic course can waive the riding skills test at the DMV when obtaining a motorcycle license.

The 100,000th student is 22-year-old Benjamin Tran of Westminster, Calif. A senior in neuro-science at U.C. Irvine, Tran is considering buying a motorcycle to commute to work. He completed the Basic Rider Course offered at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif. Tran, who received a California motorcycle Safety Award for his accomplishment, added, “I’d recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn how to ride safely and skillfully.”

“Tran joins some select and safe company,” Helmick stated. “In fact, we’ve just released a comprehensive study which clearly illustrates that California’s training works for novice riders.”

The five-year research study included the following results: over the nine years the CMSP has been in operation, fatal motorcycle accidents in the state dropped 69% and motorcycle accidents fell 67%; since the implementation of mandated training, accidents among under-18 riders have dropped by 88%; and the accident rates of untrained novice riders with less than 500 miles of prior experience were more than double the rates of their trained counterparts for at least six months after training.

“Motorcycle riding in California is now the safest it has been since we have been tracking it,” added Helmick.

California motorcycle riders can obtain information on the location of training courses by calling, toll free: 1-800-CC-RIDER.

CONTACT: Department of California Highway Patrol
Office of Public Affairs
Sgt. Sandra Houston, 916/657-7202