Office of Traffic Safety

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

What's New?

New Northeast Minnesota Regional Road Guard Training Site at Pine Technical & Community College

​Motorcyclists interested in becoming a certified motorcycle road guard now have the option of taking the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) Road Guard Training Course in Pine Citie, Minn. 

Pine Technical and Community College is replacing Lake Superior College in Duluth as the northeast Minnesota regional road guard training site. Road Guard training is available at the following training sites. The course can also travel to riding groups who meet requirements. 

More in a recent news release. 

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Governor Tim Walz issued a proclamation naming May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Motorcyclists are back on Minnesota roads, and other motorists are encouraged to do their part to prevent motorcycle crashes. 

  • Watch for motorcycles. Due to the smaller size of motorcycles, their speed and distance is more difficult to judge. 
  • Always look twice before entering a roadway, turning left or changing lanes.
  • Give riders room by maintaining a three-second following distance and check blind spots.
  • Pay attention and drive at safe speeds. ​
Riders can do their part by: 
  • ​Taking a training course. The training season is underway. Register now. ​
  • Being prepared for inattentive drivers by staying focused on riding, keeping your speed in check and maintaining a two-second following distance. 
  • Wearing the gear. Motorcyclists should wear a DOT-approved helmet and brightly colored protective gear for visibility and protection. 
  • Riding sober. One-third of all motorcycle fatalities involve impaired riders. 

Featured Video

Video Description: Get an inside look at MMSC’s Basic Rider Course. This MMSC video in the DPS MIC’D UP series shows beginning riders as they navigate a motorcycle, some for the first time, and learn basic riding skills. The video highlights some of the exercises students master during the 14.5 hour course.​​