In an effort to increase motorcycle safety and awareness across the state, the Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Safety, Awareness and Operator Training Program offers Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Instructor training courses and promotes motorcycle awareness projects.

These research-based courses address the critical physical and mental skills needed in the safe and skillful operation of a motorcycle, a news release said.

In 2015, motorcyclists were involved in 1,951 crashes across the state, resulting in 80 fatalities.

Through participation in the program, riders learn about safe riding practices including: being visible, dressing for safety, applying effective riding strategies, and understanding the capabilities and limitations of their motorcycles.

During the program’s hands-on training exercises, motorcyclists are taught to apply these lessons to not only avoid being involved in a crash but to greatly reduce the chance of injury should a crash occur, the release said.

The program is being offered at 10 training sites across the state including Zachary, as well as in Alexandria, Bossier City, Gonzales, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Thibodaux, West Monroe and Westwego.

For information on the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Rider courses, as well as training dates and locations, visit lsp.org/motorcycle.html or call (225) 925-6113, ext. 224.