A new state-of-the-art mobile classroom to be used to teach civilian motorcyclists across the state will be revealed Tuesday in Norman.
The classroom and equipment were purchased for the Edmond Police Department with a $150,000 grant from Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
The statewide Motorcycle Survival Course will mirror Edmond’s course they first offered to more experienced riders in 1978. The free course, offered twice a year, has trained hundreds of Edmond motorcyclists.
Edmond officers can now take the course around Oklahoma because of the grant money which will partly pay for the officers’ travel and time.
“Motorcycle registrations continue to increase in Oklahoma, so it’s important to provide quality training for motorcycle operators,” said Scott Watkins, safety office director. “The class will also include information for other motorists to enable them to share the road safely with motorcyclists, so it’s a great benefit for all riders and drivers.”
In Oklahoma in 2008, safety office statistics show that 1,978 motorcyclist operators and passengers were involved in creashes. In 2008, there were 115,381 registered motorcycles, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. That’s a 14.3 percent increase over 2007.
“The Edmond Police Department has done an excellent job with their civilian motorcycle course, and we’re happy to be able to offer it across the state,” Watkins said. “It’s important that we keep every Oklahoman as safe as possible on our roadways.”
The unveiling will take place during a safety office meeting at Norman’s Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2501 Conference Drive.