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CRSTP Annual Reports

Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users in Illinois. Historically, motorcyclists are more than ten (10) percent of Illinois’ total roadway fatalities. It has become evident that a multi-dimensional approach to motorcycle safety is needed to prevent fatalities and serious injuries. The Motorcycle Safety Program in Illinois consists of outreach, education, and motorcyclist training.

One of the most effective approaches to reducing fatalities and serious injuries in the State of Illinois has been the development of the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program (CRSTP).

The CRSTP was created in 1976 by a state statute, passed by the Illinois state legislature. This law mandates that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) establish a motorcycle operator safety training program that promotes motorcycle awareness. Since inception, over 400,000 students have been trained through the programs start in 1976.

The CRSTP provides rider education of safe motorcycling principles for basic and experienced riders. This program has evolved beyond basic training courses and has become a comprehensive program for all riders. IDOT’s goal is to provide motorcycle training to all with the inclination to ride. It is not the intent to entice people to ride motorcycles, but rather to train all who are interested in the benefits of training. The CRSTP is funded by Illinois motorcyclists through a portion of license endorsement and license plate fees. These funds are statutorily restricted to uses directly related to motorcycle training.

Another important aspect of motorcycle safety and this program is the Public Act 83 820, established on January 1, 1984. This law requires any person under the age of 18 to complete a training course and examination before receiving a license with a class “M” endorsement. Therefore, all people under the age of 18 must take the IDOT CRSTP course to become licensed in Illinois and gives IDOT the ability to ensure young riders have the training and education for safe riding.

The CRSTP and Motorcycle Safety Programs are important for the citizen of Illinois. This annual report will give an overview of both areas.