Grant money gets you huge discount on motorcycle safety course


by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on August 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 5 at 3:44 PM

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation finds only 30 percent of riders on the road have taken a basic safety course. Part of the reason is that you do not need to in order to get your motorcycle endorsement.

“If it's been because of cost or location," Mick Degn,chairman of AMSAF, said. "Now we've got 26 schools around the state that they can go to, and that's real important,”

He hopes would-be riders and current riders will take advantage of a $150,000 Arizona grant that will knock the training school cost down from $300 to just $50.

"You learn the proper riding procedure. You learn a lot about safety, what to look out for, how to take curves, how to brake," Degn explained. "It's a two-day intense course in class and in writing."

In 2013, the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, recorded close to 3,000 motorcycle accidents.

Along with being more safety conscious as a rider, there's a chance you'll get a discount on insurance by passing the class.

“You have less accidents on the road, shorter drive times to and from work," Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said."First-responders aren't showing up to accidents and just the quality of life for people, even if someone has an accident and lives, frequently their quality of life is less, so why not do a little extra and give people the opportunity."

To apply for a discounted safety course, go online to and click the Scholarships tab.

More than 500 scholarships are available.