February 27, 2015- As an officer serving with the Durham Regional Police Service, Cory Adams has first-hand knowledge of the number and severity of collisions involving motorcycles and other vehicles.
Taking it upon himself to reduce this carnage on Ontario roads through awareness and education, in 2005 Constable Adams created Team COPS (Canadian Officers Promoting Safety). Taking his Team COPS ‘Ride Safe Programme’ to local schools, he educates and informs students about, among other things, the dangers of impaired driving, illegal street racing and substance abuse.
His efforts towards awareness training also regularly include motorcycle lapping days at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. These on-track sessions are designed to provide all types of riders with the knowledge, skills and abilities to take their riding to the next level. He also promoted track day riding and is a coach at the Pro 6 Cycle track days at Canadian Tire, Calabogie and Shannonville Motorsports Parks.
As part of his initiative to expose his programme to an even wider audience, Constable Adams will once again represent Team COPS at the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. The Motorama show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 in the re-configured Halls 1 and 2 of Toronto’s International Centre, located adjacent to Pearson International Airport.
“The Motorama show will be a great venue for us to spread the word about our programme, to let people know what we’re trying to do,” said Adams. “At the show, we can reach riders to let them know about our Track Day Experience. And we can involve motorists in recognizing the effects that their actions can have with regards to riders on the streets.”
At the 2015 Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo, Constable Adams will present a pair of seminars (on Saturday and Sunday) that will address another serious issue that he has encountered, both on the street and at the race track.
“The idea behind these seminars is to break down the rules and regulations for those who are towing trailers, that’s why we’ll be primarily targeting the race car guys,” explained Adams. “This subject can be quite confusing, so I have tried to simplify it for everybody, letting them know exactly what their responsibilities are and what is expected from them.”
Topics covered in the seminars will include how to determine if drivers are required to have annual inspections on their trucks and trailers, if they require a CVOR (Commercial Vehicle Operators Registration certificate), and which class of driver’s license is required to operate different truck and trailer combinations.
“When I’m on the job, I’m enforcing these rules. I feel that it’s my responsibility to educate people about them as well. So many truck and trailer – or motorhome and trailer- combinations don’t conform to the MTO (Ministry of Transportation- Ontario) regulations and many of these drivers don’t have the proper licenses to operate them. These seminars could save someone a lot of headaches and a lot of money in the future.”
Schedule details for the Team COPS seminars at the Motorama show will be announced prior to show time.
ABOUT TEAM COPS: Team COPS is a not-for-profit programme dedicated to making the sport of motorcycling safer through accident awareness, safety and education. Founded in 2005 by Constable Cory Adams, he uses his experience as a motor officer as well as a former motorcycle road racer to spread his message. To contact Adams directly, e-mail email@example.com.
From: Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo