Missouri Motorcycle Safety Expert Earns National Recognition
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 17, 2009) – Neil Meyers, state coordinator for the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program, part of the Missouri Safety Center at UCM, recently was named Outstanding RiderCoach Trainer for 2008 by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Coordinates Program Statewide
Meyers joined the program in 1998 as a motorcycle safety coach, teaching classes in motorcycle safety. He was named state coordinator for the program in 2000 and became a RiderCoach trainer in 2002, training the instructors for the statewide program.
“Since becoming a RiderCoach trainer, Neil has conducted a minimum of two RiderCoach prep sessions per years, certifying more than 120 RiderCoaches,” said Terry Butler, director of the Missouri Safety Center at UCM. “He encourages professional development for his coaches, and he provides training opportunities for them at his annual spring update conference.”
Career in Law Enforcement
Meyers joined the motorcycle safety program following his retirement as a captain with the Wichita (Kan.) Police Department, where he supervised 26 motor officers as traffic commander. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Friends University.
More Than 5,000 Motorcyclists Trained Annually
The Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program is responsible for the state’s efforts in motorcycle safety education and public awareness. Under Meyers’ supervision, the program has 27 training sites across the state, utilizing a cadre of 186 trained coaches to train more than 5,000 riders annually in beginner and experienced level, hands-on courses.
Since 1973, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has set internationally recognized standards that promote the safety of motorcyclists with rider education courses, 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 to ensure safe, responsible motorcycling.
For More Information
For more information on the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program, contact the Missouri Safety Center at 660-543-4834.