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Motorcycle riders get schooled by Tampa Police

Posted at 3:00 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 07:58:06-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Nearly two dozen motorcycle riders got schooled by the Tampa Police Department this past weekend.

The Tampa S.M.A.R.T., or Safe Motorcycle And Rider Techniques, course took place Saturday and Sunday. Participants met at the Tampa Academy Driving Pad to learn directly from motorcycle officers.

“We think that it can save lives,” said Officer Roy Paz. “We think if we can pass on the skills of a motorcycle officer, it’s going to help enhance other people’s riding skills and help save their life as they’re out there riding.”

Officer Paz says the course covers different skills, such as how to properly ride in a lane, sit at a red light and how to look for dangers on the road. It is good for both those who are new to motorcycle riding and veterans on the road.

“They put lots of miles on their bikes and then after the class, they’re like ‘Oh my goodness’, their riding skills are so much better now because of the things we passed on to them,” Officer Paz said.

The course is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. If you are interested in being notified about upcoming courses, click here to submit your information.