Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Fort Washington, MD
Motorcycle Cops and ATGATT
I'm sure there are some current or former Motorcycle LEOs on this site, so I have a question that occurred to me while riding from DC to Annapolis today. The temperature was a comfortable 80deg, humidity was low, and for this part of the Mid-Atlantic states it was a great day to ride.
While nearing Annapolis I saw many Maryland State Motorcycle Cops out handing out speeding tickets on Route 50. Their standard riding gear was helmet, calf length boots, trooper pants and short sleeve summer State Police shirts. This was universal, I saw no one wearing even a leather jacket. Don't these agencies support ATGATT? What is the rationale for allowing these troopers to be cruising and chasing speeders at 70-80 mph without more protective gear. I don't even ride to the drugstore around the corner without wearing at least a mesh jacket with elbow/back protection and at least long pants, if not my summer mesh pants.
If the cops don't set an example for us in safe riding habits, how are the rest of us supposed to understand the importance of ATGATT.
Not being critical of these guys who are out protecting our highways and byways, but I don't understand the rationale for their not wearing protective gear.
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