Oklahoma Highway Patrol offers training for motorcycle riders

Each class, which is limited to 30 participants, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays beginning this month, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper David Cravens said. Thirteen classes have been confirmed, but funding allows for up to 16 courses this year.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: March 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm •  Published: March 11, 2013

Responding to a surge in the number of bikers on the road, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is offering free advanced motorcycle training this spring and fall at sites around the state.

Each class, which is limited to 30 participants, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays beginning this month, trooper David Cravens said.

Thirteen classes have been confirmed, but funding allows for up to 16 courses this year.

“Over the last couple of years, we've noticed that motorcycle fatalities are increasing,” trooper Betsy Randolph said. “They are able to teach them techniques that will save peoples' lives. At the end of the day, that's what we're trying to accomplish.”

All riders must have their own motorcycle, safety gear and applicable driver's license endorsement to participate. Registration closes the day before the course.

Officials with the patrol and the state Transportation Department decided to co-sponsor the classes in response to the increased number of motorcyclists on Oklahoma roads.

“There are a lot of people riding now because of gas prices,” Cravens said.

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