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Police train to investigate motorcycle crashes

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That's a dummy absorbing the impact of a motorcycle crash simulation in Sherman. (KTEN) That's a dummy absorbing the impact of a motorcycle crash simulation in Sherman. (KTEN)
Police agencies from across Texas came to Sherman for training to investigate motorcycle crashes. (KTEN) Police agencies from across Texas came to Sherman for training to investigate motorcycle crashes. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Police officers from all over Texas came to Sherman on Thursday to better learn how to investigate motorcycle crashes.

Dale Smith, owner of the Traffic Safety Training Center, travels all over the United States teaching police officers how to prepare for these collisions.

"What we're actually doing is crashing motorcycles so they can see what we teach them in the classroom is real," he explained.

Smith said these demonstrations are important because they give officers a chance to see how to study them first-hand.

"Motorcycles are different than cars, so there are different techniques and theories to come up with what happens in an actual collision," he said.

Sherman police Sgt. Sam Boyle sees the training as a win-win for the whole community.

"Sherman police officers get to go for free, so it benefits the City of Sherman and the local community because you have better-trained officers," Boyle said. "And the taxpayers didn't have to pay for it."

To avoid a motorcycle crash, Smith offers this advice:

"You have to ride like you're invisible, like no one can see you," he said. "Most people don't see a motorcycle; they see through it, because they don't see it as a threat. You know, slow down... use it for your enjoyment."

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