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Lawton Police Advocate for Motorcycle Safety

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LAWTON, Okla._ Lawton Police Officers recognize the benefits of driving a motorcycle. It's fast, nimble, fuel efficient, and fun to drive. However, it can also be dangerous.

This week alone police responded to three motorcycle wrecks. One of them was deadly after a Fort Sill Officer was killed when he took a curve too fast, hit a concrete wall, and then went over it.

Police said this accident like many others could have been prevented if safety had been a priority.

It's an ideal time of year for motorcycle riders to take to the roadway. However, Lawton Police warn that safety and not fun should always be in the front of any motorists mind when they hit the road.

"I think that a lot of it has to do with the speed and people paying attention to their surroundings," said Lieutenant Jim Cowley.

It's that combination that Cowley said often leads to accidents like these. He said the constant need for speed continues to push the limit.

"We have cars that are traveling at a higher speed. We have motorcycles that are going faster. And nobody is paying attention to what is going around them," said Cowley.

Cowley said his best advice is simple: monitor your speed, wear safety equipment and bright clothing, and most of all watch the traffic around you. All basic rules of the road.

"Be a defensive driver. Make sure that you have an out. Don't be in somebody's blind spot. Make sure that you give yourself and whoever is riding with you an escape route out of traffic if you need to be," said Cowley.

He warns that cars cannot always see motorcycles, so riders need to be double vigilant, constantly attentive to their surroundings, and be sure to yield to cars.

"The biggest thing to do is give yourself plenty of space. The motorcycle should be far enough away from the car and the car should be far enough away from the motorcycle that there is always something that you can do to avoid an accident that does happen," said Cowley.

And while this week's motorcycle accidents remain under investigation, Cowley said it's unlikely their results will come as a surprise.

"A lot of the ones that we had in the past dealt with speed, some dealt with alcohol, and some people that just aren't paying attention. They don't respect the equipment that they are on," said Cowley.

Lieutenant Cowley also stressed that motorcyclists need to remember that they are not exempt to following safe driving laws when on the roadway, most importantly safe and legal lane changes.

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