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Motorcycle officers plan seminar to teach riders useful skills

Motorcycle officers participate in obstacle competitions during the 2013 Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championships. (Source: WAFB) Motorcycle officers participate in obstacle competitions during the 2013 Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championships. (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Law enforcement groups will be getting together to help teach motorcycle riders in the Baton Rouge area skills to keep them safe on the roadways.

The Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championships will be hosting its first ever civilian motorcycle training seminar next weekend. Those who attend will get hands-on instructions from some top experts in the industry.

After the seminar, participants will be given the chance to put what they've learned to use in a simulated competition.

"We have an obligation to control the machines and it's about the encounters of that we're faced with,” Sgt. David Wallace with the Baton Rouge Police Department said. “This exercise that we're putting on…this competition is to give the public the information, the skills, the knowledge that it takes to survive the cars pulling out in front of them, the cars breaking abruptly."

The seminar will be held next Saturday in the parking lot of Cabela's in Gonzales. It costs $50-dollars to attend and all proceeds will go to the Dream Day Foundation, which supports St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

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