AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The Amarillo Police Department is looking to help improve motorcyclist skills and reduce accidents at the same time, this was part of their civilian motorcycle safety training this weekend. .
The goal of the Amarillo Police Department’s civilian motorcycle safety training this weekend was to help motorcyclists become better riders. Sergeant Wes Hill of the Amarillo Police Department Motorcycle Unit said the city has many traffic fatalities and with this course they plan to reduce that number.
sergeant. Hill added that by teaching riders, they are teaching them to look at their motorcycle like a bubble and to make controlling the motorcycle second nature.
“We want to make that bubble a little bigger, so they don’t focus on the motorcycle, but on the street traffic,” said Sgt. Hill.
The cost of the training was $25 per person, participants had to sign a waiver and have a motorcycle endorsement.
“At the moment it’s mostly city workers, but we’re going to start expanding that to the regular community, so they can get out there and learn the skills they need to be safer on the streets,” said Sgt. Hill.
He said it meant a lot to have bikers come to the Amarillo Police Department Motorcycle Unit and have confidence in themselves and their skills to train them to be better riders.
“They see us doing rodeos, they see us on the streets and the way we control our bikes and they want to be where we are and I hate to honk, but we are professional riders. We cycle every day. We are in traffic every day and these motorized officers are very experienced drivers,” said Sgt. Hill.
sergeant. Hill added that although the date hasn’t been set, the next practice will be before it gets too hot and a few dates in the fall.