Submitted By Mick Degn
So what does AMSAF and the Community mean?
AMSAF was formed in 2011 to help promote motorcycle safety and awareness with a goal of helping to reduce Motorcycle crashes and fatalities in Arizona.
No matter what community you live in, we want to help that community with that goal.
No other agenda but let’s promote safety and reduce motorcycle crashes in Arizona.
Here are some facts for everyone to think about. Between 2014 and 2015 motorcycle fatalities increased by 5%.
Motorcycle registrations increased by 4% in that same period.
Between 2015 and 2016 motorcycle fatalities increased by 8% and during that same period motorcycle registration increased by 2%.
Fatalities were increasing faster than registrations.
Unfortunately some of you can name some of those folks that were killed in a motorcycle crash in one of those years. From an AMSAF standpoint one fatality is one to many and we want to help bring that number down.
There are many reasons for the crashes and fatalities and it’s not just the fault of the caged vehicle.
There are many reasons for the statistics and we can all point to them but at the end of the day we all have to take responsibility versus pointing the finger.
Could I have spent more time looking?
Could I have slowed down?
Should I have been drinking?
Should I have done a safety check on my bike or car?
Should I have taken a motorcycle course?
The list can go on but at the end of the day we each have to take responsibility.
AMSAF tries to do a lot with Billboards, Facebook weekly safety tips, Motorcycle training Scholarships and education of motorcycle safety and awareness.
Do you take advantage of this?
In the last year and half we have given out over 2500 motorcycle training scholarships to individuals all over the State and we want to continue trying to help the Community where ever we can.
Our Scholarship program has probably been the most popular program that we offer because we can help folks financially get into a course.
We do surveys on everyone after they’ve taken a course and the one thing we hear loud and clear is that with their budgets they can’t afford to take a course.
It doesn’t fit in their budget with food, car, home, children and everything else. Safety drops to the bottom of that budget list.
Safety should probably be at the top to protect the family but something has to be cut.
This is where AMSAF comes in to help the Community move that safety item up in the budget list through our Scholarship program.
If you’re one of those individuals who has received one of our Scholarships we want to thank you for signing up for a course and we also want to thank you for your survey. Your feedback is important to us and it is used as we grow AMSAF in helping the community.
As we look at the Community, we want to thank the Police and the Healthcare community who are very involved in helping to promote motorcycle safety.
The hard thing here is these folks work hard to help us but at the same time when there is a motorcycle crash or fatality they are the first ones to be there and see the tragedy. A huge thank you to them for what they do.
As you think about AMSAF, we need your help. We’re a 501c3 nonprofit Foundation and the money we raise helps get the billboards up, promote motorcycle safety and allow folks to get into a motorcycle training course on a reduced amount through our Scholarship program. You can help us by donating. Any amount helps someone else and its tax deductible. Maybe it’s your spouse or your child or another family member that you could be helping through this donation.
Go to https://www.amsaf.org/scholarships/ to donate and help someone.
Summer is almost over and we’ll soon be into heavy riding season here in Arizona. Take the time and do a safety check on your bike, watch our weekly Tuesday safety tips at, https://www.facebook.com/AMSAF.ORG and take a motorcycle training course.
In Arizona there are seven (7) Motorcycle training courses certified by the State and MSF. They all are good and have certified trainers. Take a Basic Rider Course (BRC) or a Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) or some call it advanced and some call it confident rider course. Go to http://www.msf-usa.org and find the course closest to you.
Thank you for your support of AMSAF and be safe out there.