OHP teaches motorcycle safety course
News from KSWO:

LAWTON, Okla_ With the rising temperatures, more and more bikers in southwest Oklahoma will be hitting the roads.

Saturday, one motorcycle association wanted to make sure when they put two wheels on the pavement, they’ll be doing so safely.

So, they brought in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol motorcycle unit to give their members a refresher course on riding.

Eldridge Johnson has more than 25 years experience on a motorcycle, but that doesn’t stop him from continuing to learn.

“I still have to do it! My mind sometimes says ‘Oh try it!’ and I shouldn’t try what it wants me to try,” Johnson said.

“This is a diminishing skill that if you don’t practice then you’ll lose it,” OHP Trooper Scott Patton said.

So he and the rest of the King’s Horseman Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association brought in OHP to put on the course.

It’s perfect timing because these bikers have been stuck with four wheels during the winter time.

“They stay in the garages or stay outside with the covers on them. A lot of them don’t pull the maintenance. Those are the things we check out prior before getting on the road and that is what they reiterate when they come out,” Johnson said.

Patton says OHP puts these courses on statewide for free, because they’d rather teach now than write a citation or worse later.

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Spring motorcycle safety awareness
News from Nebraska Radio Network:

There have bee three deadly motorcycle accidents so far this year in Nebraska. Statistics show that 20 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in 2014 and there were 14 fatalities in 2013. Nebraska State Patrol Trooper James Estwick says warmer weather means more motorcycles on the road and he reminds them to do their part to avoid accidents.

Trooper Estwick says, “Just like the motoring public there is a speed limit on the roads so we ask motorcyclists to obey the speed limit. Roads are still filled with materials from wintertime so if you are on your motorcycle there is still a lot of sand and gravel.   Take extra caution when you come to intersections, when you are turning corners and on the roadway period.” He adds the state’s motorcycle law is still in effect and riders and passengers are required to wear a DOT approved helmet.

Motorcycles have a much smaller profile and are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or easily missed in one quick look. Trooper Estwick says, “Drivers need to physically turn their head to look over your shoulder to make sure no one is in your blind spot. Do it two or three times just to make sure our motorcyclists are safe in Nebraska.” He says this should be done when changing lanes, at intersections or cresting a hill.

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