NYPD offers motorcycle safety course

September 4, 2009 4:04:36 PM PDT
The New York City Police Department is offering a motorcycle safety course to try to stem the rising number of off-duty officers injured or killed in accidents. It's not tough to get a license to ride a motorcycle, but riding it safely is a whole other matter.

The problem for the NYPD is that a lot of cops ride bikes in their off time, and some of them get in accidents.

Police say that since 2005, six off-duty members have died while driving motorcycles, and many others have been critically hurt. On Tuesday, an off-duty cop was injured in an accident and underwent surgery. A second off-duty cop was seriously hurt in a July accident, and remains hospitalized with a fractured pelvis. An officer was killed in April after colliding with an automobile.

So the NYPD is now allowing its officers to learn how to ride their bikes from the same instructors who train the highway police. And they can do it during working hours, so long as their command allows them the time.

Even though these riders are pretty experienced already, they are learning from the very best.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the NYPD Highway District has great instructors who teach in-depth driving techniques.

The program is open to anyone in the NYPD.

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