Virginia State Police Motorcycle Squad teaches life-saving classes

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia State Police Motorcycle Squad was out early Saturday morning teaching life-saving skills for motorcycle operators.

The Motorcycle Squad says motorcycle fatalities have increased over the years, but a large part of that is due to a lack of training, which is why these free classes are so important.

The “Ride to Save Lives” courses takes riders through hands-on lessons to educate them on how to handle hazards, special situations, interstate highways, and curve negotiation. In addition, the lessons offer tips and tricks that motor officers use on a daily basis.

“So, what we’re trying to do is provide some training for people of things they can think about as far as what to do safely on the roadway, hazards to avoid,” said Virginia State Police Sgt. Robert Keen. “If they do encounter a hazard, how to negotiate the hazard safely without injury.”

The Virginia State Police Motorcycle Squad reminds all motorists to keep a watchful eye out for motorcycles while on the open roads. Since motorcycles are smaller than motor vehicles, drivers are encouraged to allow a little extra room on the roadway.

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