Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) To Release New Kit The US To Teach Dangers Of Riding When Under The Influence - Overdrive
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Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to release new kit the US to teach dangers of riding when under the influence

19 Jan 2016 / 1

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), an independent non-profit motorcycle rider training and education organisation in the US has released a new kit that’ll help riders understand the dangers of riding when stoned. A useful tool for instructors at riding schools, the Riding Straight-Marijuana Awareness Host-an-Event Kit, it essentially contains a pair of goggles that mimics being ‘high’. The participants are then required to complete a set of tasks which serves to highlight the effects of impaired cognition. The goggles cannot simulate the exact effect of Marijuana, but the manner in which it impairs motor skills and cognition is almost similar.

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The MSF will release the kits in the US this year to spread awareness since it anticipates increased consumption of Marijuana after it being legalised in over 23 states for medicinal as well recreational use.

Speaking about the Kit, MSF president and CEO, Tim Buche said, “MSF’s message with our new Riding Straight – Marijuana Awareness Host-An-Event Kit is clear: Do not operate your motorcycle or any motor vehicle if you are impaired by marijuana, and find alternate transportation if you are planning to be under the influence of marijuana at your destination. Not only is it unsafe, but just as with alcohol, riders impaired by marijuana can be convicted of riding under the influence, and be subjected to similar harsh penalties.”

The Kit will be priced at $595 (Rs 40,198) and is a one time investment. Anyone can purchase the kit and teach others without requiring any kind of certification from the MSF. Such a kit could make a lot a lot of sense in our country too. Although Marijuana is not legal here, there have been cases of people driving under the influence. Also, the MSF has an Riding Straight – Alcohol Awareness Host-An-Event Kit, that could be used to spread awareness about drunken riding/driving.

If you want to educate yourself and improve your riding skills head to the TWO Track School that’ll be held at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore from January 30-31, 2016.

MSF Marijuana safety kit

he Motorcycle Safety Foundation Introduces its "Riding Straight - Marijuana Awareness" Host-An-Event Kit to demonstrate the importance of riding unimpaired

New course-in-a-box delivers valuable lessons in a fun, interactive manner

While not attempting to duplicate a marijuana high, the Kit creatively models how marijuana can impair judgment and the application of motorcycle riding skills

Course can be taught by anyone interested in leading a motorcyclist safety event

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 12, 2016 - The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has introduced the newest member of its Host-An-Event family of traffic safety-themed courses-in-a-box: the Riding Straight - Marijuana Awareness Host-An-Event Kit. The Kit is a fun, effective way to demonstrate to motorcyclists how marijuana can affect the crucial skills required for safe motorcycle riding.

Marijuana is gaining acceptance as having legitimate medicinal applications and as a recreational drug in the United States, as evidenced by recent trends in state laws permitting its use. As of January 2016, 23 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana for medical use, and four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) plus DC allow it for recreational use by adults 21 and over.

Although marijuana may be legal for medicinal or recreational use in one's state, it is still not legal, safe, or wise to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by marijuana, since it tends to distort perception of time, space, and speed. This is especially true for motorcycle riders, who must continually make detailed assessments of complex traffic situations and make split-second decisions requiring precise rider input to navigate safely and maintain an adequate safety margin.

MSF already addresses alcohol-impaired riding in its popular Riding Straight - Alcohol Awareness Host-An-Event Kit, which uses Innocorp's Fatal Vision® Alcohol Impairment Simulation Goggle so participants can experience alcohol impairment with a sober mind - and no hangover.

Similarly, MSF's Riding Straight - Marijuana Awareness kit uses Innocorp's new Marijuana Impairment Simulation Goggle at the core of three separate activities that demonstrate how marijuana and motorcycling are a risky mix. As with all MSF Host-An-Event kits, the Marijuana Awareness kit can be purchased and used by anyone interested in being a facilitator for special events, riding club meetings and rallies, and community outreach programs, without any certification from MSF or prior experience as a teacher.

The Goggle cannot truly replicate the effects of a marijuana "high" but the unique way in which it distorts perceptions causes some impairments. The participant then needs to attempt to compensate for these impairments to complete the kit's activities. Because the impairments are in the same general areas of cognition and motor skills affected by marijuana, the participant can get a sense of the challenges a "high" driver or motorcyclist would face when dealing with traffic situations.

According to MSF President and CEO Tim Buche, "MSF's message with our new Riding Straight - Marijuana Awareness Host-An-Event Kit is clear: Do not operate your motorcycle or any motor vehicle if you are impaired by marijuana, and find alternate transportation if you are planning to be under the influence of marijuana at your destination. Not only is it unsafe, but just as with alcohol, riders impaired by marijuana can be convicted of riding under the influence, and be subjected to similar harsh penalties".

The National Motorcycle Safety Fund, the non-profit, charitable arm of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, provided seed funding to MSF for the development of this new kit. NMSF supports the work of MSF in the areas of research, curriculum development, delivery of rider training courses, and community outreach programs in order to help eliminate crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

The kit will be available in early 2016 at MSF's online store (msf-usa.org) for a one-time investment of $595.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests, and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF® have been recognized worldwide since 1973. The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris Motorcycles, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha. For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourse nearest you, visit msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.

 



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