The History of the Wake Forest Police Department Motorcycle Unit
In 2015 the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program awarded the Wake Forest Police Department an $85,000 grant to establish a motorcycle patrol unit.
The grant enabled the police department to purchase two 2015 BMW motorcycles, two mobile data terminals and uniforms for the two motorcycle patrol officers. we use them for traffic enforcement but we also use them to educate the public in motorcycle safety through our Bike Safe program
The Wake Forest Police Department Motor Unit will focus its traffic enforcement efforts in local subdivisions and on secondary roads. Activities the unit will monitor include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Motorcycle safety enforcement
· Distracted driving enforcement
· Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
· Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement
The unit will also work to raise public awareness by participating in community events that help promote highway and motorcycle safety. The unit will host and assist other law enforcement agencies in hosting regular motorcycle safety classes sponsored by BikeSafe NC.
BikeSafe NC invites motorcyclists to participate in Rider Skills Days that offer assessment on present skills and advice from motor officers to help make riding in North Carolina safer and more enjoyable. Along with professional riding techniques, topics covered include the system of motorcycle control and collision causation factors.
The Rider Skills Days are conducted during the week and weekends by highly qualified officers. The day includes both classroom based advice and on-road ride-outs.
Information and Photos provided by the Wake Forest, NC Police Department.