NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Safety Department hosted a motorcycle safety lecture for riders Aug. 2 in Newport News.
The informative presentation provided safety and legal information to "Gold Eagle" Sailors who owned or were aspiring to own and ride motorcycles.
Addressing the audience was Newport News police officer Rick Davis, who recently retired from the Navy and joined the police force.
"Bikers can easily ride straight, but when an obstacle gets in the way, things become scary," said Davis.
Davis emphasized that motorcyclists of all skill levels need to remain cautious while on the roads.
"Experience is a huge factor in motorcycle safety," Davis said. "Just when a rider thinks he is an expert, he [will] have his first accident."
Davis strongly advised Sailors to keep their motorcycles locked, secured and in a safe location to avoid theft.
"Thieves don't have to be smart," said Davis. "A motorcycle can be loaded into a trailer and gone in 30 seconds."
Davis also focused on poor driving habits and the legal consequences for failing to abide by the law.
"A reckless driving fine is around $1,300," said Davis. "Reckless drivers in the military need to realize two-thirds of police officers in this area are former or retired military personnel. Trying to lie to an officer, using the military as an alibi or excuse will simply not work."
A question-and-answer session followed and Davis cleared up any confusion regarding specific laws and regulations pertaining to motorcycle riding.
Navy standards for riders were stressed using a model and brief of the proper safety gear and paperwork required to own and operate a motorcycle while serving in the Navy.
Cmdr. Jeff Williams, Carl Vinson's safety officer, also addressed the crew.
"Many people know the facts, but they don't necessarily care," said Williams. "We want our Sailors to both know and care about motorcycle safety."
Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.
During RCOH Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare her for another 25 years or more of service.
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