Former EKU Official Honored by National Assn. of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators

Photo of Ray Ochs with Award

Dr. Ray Ochs, formerly director of Eastern Kentucky University’s Traffic Safety Institute and now director of training systems for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), was honored recently at the annual National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators conference.

Ochs received the SMSA Annual Chairperson’s Award for his “Outstanding Contributions to Motorcycle Safety” in national rider education and training.

Each year the SMSA recognizes an individual whose contributions to motorcyclist safety have advanced motorcycle rider education and training. The award is intended to recognize the individual’s commitment and contributions to motorcycle safety at local, state, and national levels. Nominations are voted upon by a committee composed of the current and former chairpersons of the SMSA.

“Without fail, Ray Ochs has served the needs of current and prospective motorcyclists across the country with great passion and expertise,” said MSF President Tim Buche. “His leadership and vision have been instrumental in bringing the MSF’s Rider Education and Training System to fruition, offering training and safety renewal opportunities for riders at all skill levels. He has also been responsible for ‘training the trainers’ and has logged hundreds of hours leading professional development workshops for MSF RiderCoaches and RiderCoach Trainers.”

Ochs, who has more than 40 years of experience in education, training and leadership functions, has been associated with MSF development programs since 1973. He joined the MSF in a leadership position in 2002 and develops and maintains national curriculum and training functions related to the MSF Rider Education and Training System. He has conducted motorcycle safety training programs and presented papers and presentations in 48 states and throughout the world supporting DOD safety programs and various International Safety Conferences.

While serving at EKU 1976-2003, he was responsible for expanding the undergraduate curriculum in driver and traffic safety education, implementing several new courses, including a for-credit university course in motorcycle safety education, collaborating in the development of legislation for the state motorcycle safety program and serving as project director for several grant-funded state projects, including the motorcycle rider education program and other traffic safety projects.

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Published on August 30, 2010

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