Motorcyclists can pick up riding and safety tips through a program offered by the Department of Public Safety.

In an effort to increase motorcycle safety and awareness across the state, the department’s Motorcycle Safety, Awareness and Operator Training Program offers basic, intermediate, advanced and instructor training courses and promotes motorcycle awareness projects, a news release said.

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

In 2015, motorcyclists were involved in 1,951 crashes across the state, resulting in 80 fatalities. Through participation in the program, riders are educated on safe riding practices, including being visible, dressing for safety, applying effective riding strategies and understanding the capabilities and limitations of your motorcycle. During the program’s hands-on training exercises, motorcyclists are taught to apply these safety practices 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 offered at 10 training sites across the state, including locations in Gonzales, Hammond, Zachary, Alexandria, Bossier City, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Thibodaux, West Monroe and Westwego.

More information on the course training, dates and locations can be found at or by calling (225) 925-6113, ext. 224.