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Free Motorcycle Safety Course Refreshes Riders' Skills

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DURANT, OK -- Before you can get on a motorcycle and ride, you need to take a safety course. That's when you get your motorcycle license. For veteran riders, that course is years in the past. The key to a good motorcycle experience is simple, practice good safety strategies. Now you can brush up on your skills for free.

Even veteran riders need a refresher on their motorcycle skills.

"You know no matter how long you've been riding a motorcycle and I've been riding one for a long time, you can never been to good at it," says David Cathey, veteran rider.

Known for promoting educational programs, the Masons of Rising Stars Lodge in Calera, Oklahoma is helping to promote a free civilian motorcycle training class put on my ODOT.

"I've taken this training in the past and it always makes you a better, sharper rider," says Cathey.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11% of all roadway accidents that occur in the United States involve motorcycles.

"ODOT has determined with the increase of motorcycle sales and riders that are on the road along with the increase of motorcycle accidents, that there isn't much extra training, says Brian Medeiros, motorcycle officer, Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

And with no requirement in Oklahoma to wear a helmet, refreshing your riding skills could mean the difference between life and death.

"This is offering up an opportunity for us to go around the state to offer free classes to the public to help alleviate the problem," says Trooper Medeiros.

The first motorcycle safety course available in our area on November 3, 2012 in Durant.You can sign up online on ODOT's web site http://www.ohpsaferiders.com/ starting Wednesday.

"This is an opportunity to improve your skills, add a little fun on the driving range, meet some other people that ride motorcycles," says Cathey.