TPD offering classes for motorcycle safety
News from Lexington Dispatch:

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.

THOMASVILLE | Nearly a dozen residents from across the Triad received a lesson Wednesday on motorcycle safety from the Thomasville Police Department and several assisting law enforcement agencies.

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Riders Reflect on Motorcycle Safety after Fatal Crash
News from FOX 9 News:

Updated: Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012, 11:15 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012, 10:34 PM CDT

MINNEAPOLIS – A busy stretch of Excelsior Boulevard was closed for most of Tuesday night after a fatal crash involving a motorcycle, and the wreck has many metro riders talking about safety and trying to raise awareness about smaller vehicles on Minnesota’s roads.

According to police, an SUV pulled out in front of the motorcyclist while the rider was trying to make a left turn, which is one of the most common risks motorcyclists face.

“Motorcycles have a much smaller profile — both from the front and the side, so people don’t have that locked in as a visual recognition in most cases,” explained Eric Larson, a motorcycle safety instructor for the Department of Public Safety. “They are used to seeing the profile of a car, the double head lights.”

Larson is in his 10th season of teaching new riders and those looking to freshen up their skills, and he says even he has had some close calls, like most riders do.

“I’ve had several, and you are going to have them on the road,” he said.

Larson said he was driving on Highway 10 in Blaine and was passing a semi-trailer on the left when the driver of the rig started coming over into his lane.

“There was a piece of rod sticking out of the cement barrier, and it went into my leg,” he re…………… continues on FOX 9 News

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