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OHP to host free motorcycle safety course in Durant

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DURANT -- They ride the open road for fun and for a living.

David Cravens and Brian Medeiros are troopers for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

They're based in Oklahoma City but spend time all over the state putting on motorcycle safety classes.

They call themselves the OHP Saferiders.

"Obviously, if it's a severe crash of a motorcycle usually it's not a pretty sight," Trooper Cravens said.

The Saferiders began hosting the classes two years ago.

They say the Oklahoma Department of Transportation came to them with the idea after seeing an increase in motorcycle crashes.

"So what they've done is they've basically sponsored this or funded this and came to the Highway Patrol and see if we would go out in surrounding areas and teach an advanced civilian motorcycle safety course," Trooper Cravens said.

One of the reasons troopers say they're seeing more motorcycle crashes is because there are more riders overall on the road. They say drivers are giving up their cars and SUV's because they're too expensive to gas up.

This weekend's class will be held outside the Choctaw Events Center in Durant. It will be the fourth class the Saferiders have hosted in Durant.

David Cathey has attended the course. "Even as a long-time rider, these guys promote some skills and survival strategies and they'll challenge riders of any skill level," Cathey said.

The course includes lessons on proper braking and maneuvering around unexpected road hazards.

"A lot of times it might be better to maneuver around and item versus trying to stop if you're on an interstate or a highway," Trooper Medeiros said. "We teach drivers the best ways to do that."

The class is Saturday, March 15 from 8am to 4pm. It is free and riders from Texas and Oklahoma are invited. Riders are eligible for a discount on insurance for taking the course.

Log on to ohpsaferiders.com for more information including what to bring if you plan to attend.