GEICO helps support Marines in motorcycle safety

WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 29, 2017 - In 2008, more U.S. Marines died on motorcycles than in the Iraq War, was the finding of the U.S. Marines Corps. To combat that loss of life, the U.S. Marine Corps launched Semper Rides the following year, featuring safety training, mentorship, and education about motorcycling.

Since the start of the program, the fatality rate for Marine motorcyclists has been reduced by 44 percent. "A priority for GEICO has always been safety and education through the various programs we sponsor," said Wayne Petro divisional director at GEICO. "Understanding how to handle a motorcycle before a problem arises builds confidence and protects not only you but the ones around you." Open to Marines and their families, the Semper Rides clinics are taught by top riding instructors along with professional racers as guest coaches.

The U.S. Marine Corps Safety Division instituted this program as required training for all active duty Marines that participate in motorcycling, whether on- or off-road.

Over 17,000 Marines will take part in five upcoming Semper Rides events. The clinics, sponsored in part by GEICO, will include demonstrations, interactive exercises, new technologies and more.

The upcoming dates are:

  • MCAS MIRAMAR Aug. 22, 2017
  • MCB CAMP PENDLETON Aug. 24, 2017
  • MCB QUANTICO Aug. 31, 2017
  • MCB CAMP LEJEUNE Sept. 14, 2017
  • MCAS CHERRY POINT Sept. 16, 2017

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GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.