MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

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Motorcycle/Moped/Motorized Scooters Rules and Hazards

All two-wheeled motor vehicles (including mopeds and scooters over 50cc) are required to be licensed by Guam. According to Guam law, you are required to obtain a Government of Guam license for motorcycle operation. Motorcycles are required to carry the same minimum liability insurance coverage as automobiles.

Please review AFI 91-207, Air Force Traffic Safety Program; contact your Motorcycle Safety Rep; or contact the 36th Wing safety office at 366-7233. Motorcycle operators and passengers, and moped/scooter operators must wear a DOT approved helmet, impact resistant goggles or face shield, long sleeved shirt, long pants, sturdy shoes that cover the ankle (no sandals or loafers), and full fingered motorcycle gloves. 

Passengers are prohibited on mopeds. Operators must have their headlight on at all times. In addition, active duty riders (motorcycles, mopeds/motorized scooters over 49cc) MUST attend the motorcycle safety course. Please call the Wing Safety office at 366-7233 for further details.

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on Andersen AFB is 25 mph and parking lot speed limit is 10 mph. Speed limits in the base housing and DoDEA School areas are 15 mph. Please pay attention to the numerous crosswalks throughout housing and the DoDEA School areas. The Main Gate on Arc Light Blvd/Marine Corps Drive stays open 24 hours every day. 

The Santa Rosa gate is closed daily from 1800 to 0600. Andersen has a unique mission with a large number of deployed personnel; so watch out for pedestrians, especially at night and during periods of reduced visibility. The most congested areas for pedestrians and vehicles are the AMC Terminal, Dining Facility, Exchange, Commissary, Coral Reef Fitness Center, AAFES Service Station, DoDEA Schools, and the parking area between the Child Development Center and Chapel II. Motorists should be on guard while traveling on Arc Light Blvd near the Fuel Storage Facility (POL) gate. Many slow moving vehicles enter and exit the flightline and POL facilities at this point. The stop light is triggered by POL personnel to help prevent accidents. The light remains red while the flightline gate is open and can seem to take a long time to turn green. This is by design. Stopping a fully loaded POL truck takes three times the distance of normal vehicles, and this intersection contains numerous blind spots when exiting from the flightline side. Please be patient and proceed when the light has turned green. Drivers should exercise EXTREME CAUTION when driving in the housing area (15 MPH limit) or on Santa Rosa Blvd (15 MPH before and after school). 

Children frequently cross the roadways on their way to and from school. ALWAYS STOP FOR ANY BUS that is loading or unloading passengers. Exercise extreme caution when the yellow flashers are operating (15 MPH while lights are flashing). When the red flashers are operating, drivers in all lanes must stop until the flashers are no longer operating. When approaching a vehicle convoy or a vehicle transporting explosives, pull over to the right as far as possible and STOP. Remain stopped until the convoy has passed. Never approach closer than 200 feet to the rear of the convoy. Report all accidents, no matter how minor, to the Security Forces Law Enforcement Desk at 366-2910/1/2. 

If possible, do not move any vehicle involved in a mishap until cleared by law enforcement personnel. Safety belts and harnesses are mandatory on and off base for all operators and passengers. Approved infant/child restraint devices are required for children up to the age of 12 years. According to Guam Code Annotated, §1102(q), in which a passenger less than four feet nine inches (4’9”) tall and between four (4) and eleven (11) years of age is being transported, will secure such passenger during transit in a booster seat or appropriately fitting child restraint system that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards and is used in accordance with the manufacturer’s operating instructions. 

Because this is rather vague, we have provided the Air Force Manual for further guidance: AFMAN 31-116: “…all children under four years of age regardless of weight or less than 50 pounds regardless of age shall be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system. Children ages four through seven, weighing 50 pounds or more and less than four feet nine inches shall be properly secured in a booster seat or other appropriate child restraint system. Children ages eight and above and no less than four feet nine inches in height shall be properly secured in a vehicle seat belt or booster seat. The child safety seat or booster seat will be certified by the manufacturer to meet all applicable Federal performance standards or host nation requirements and will be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.” Consult the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration if you have any questions or concerns on child seats, www.nhtsa.gov.

Anyone operating a motorcycle on the base, including passengers, must comply with personal protective equipment requirements as prescribed in Air Force Instruction 91-207, USAF Traffic Safety Program. 

  1. Active duty military motorcycle operators must possess a valid motorcycle license with endorsement or a learner’s permit. They must attend initial, intermediate, and refresher training to stay current with Air Force requirements.

  2. All motorcycles will have headlights turned on at all times when operating on a Department of Defense installation on or off-road, except where prohibited during military mission or by state, local or host nation law.

  3. A helmet, certified to meet current Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, will be worn and properly fastened under the chin.

  4. Goggles, wrap-around glasses or a full-face shield designed to meet or exceed American National Standards Institute Standard Z87.1, or UNECE 22.05 or BS6658 in effect when manufactured, will be properly worn.

  5. Wearing of long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers and full-fingered gloves or mittens is required. Gloves or mittens will be made from leather or other abrasion-resistant material.

  6. Sturdy over-the-ankle foot protection that affords protection for the feet and ankles will be worn.

  7. Government-owned motorcycle operators during off-road operations should also wear knee pads, shin guards and padded full-fingered gloves.