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Oklahoma Highway Patrol hosts motorcycle safety class

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Motorcyclists weave through cones in a safety course taught by Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers Motorcyclists weave through cones in a safety course taught by Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers

DURANT, Okla. -- With spring approaching, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is bringing awareness to motorcycle safety. 

Troopers hosted their OHP Safe Riders class in Durant Saturday to teach motorcyclists how to avoid collisions. 

"It greatly aids them in their capabilities of handling and maneuvering their motorcycle," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesperson Lt. Scott Hampton. "Most importantly, it teaches them skills they probably didn't arrive to the class with." 

During training, each of the participants were shown emergency maneuvers that could be useful in real life scenarios. 

"Each of the set of cones are like an obstacle," said Trooper Brian Medeiros. "So in that exercise, they get to avoid seven different obstacles." 

The event has been hosted in Durant for the last four years. 

David Cathey has attended all the courses, and says it gives him the opportunity to be a better motorcyclist and learn from the best. 

"It's always a lot of fun," he said. "Troopers share their experience and their skills with us very generously, and I always come out a little bit of a sharper rider." 

By the end of the course, troopers say bikers will have learned how to adapt while on the roadways and to be more aware of their surroundings. 

"It;s something that -- from a safety standpoint -- you shouldn't pass up," Cathey said.

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