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Motorcycle training safety course
Since March 8th, 3 people have been killed in motorcycle accidents in Northwest Florida.
The most recent, on Saturday morning in Crestview.
41-year-old Quenton Cottrell was killed when his motorcycle ran off Ferdon Boulevard and hit a utility pole.
His wife, who was a passenger on the bike was critically injured.
As Channel 3's Amber Southard shows us, many riders are very conscious of their safety.
"It's the perfect weather to get out on your motorcycle and take a ride. The sun is out the wind is blowing, it's not too hot yet, but before you get on that bike you might want to take a safety course."
Kenneth Grant teaches motorcycle safety foundations basic rider courses.
It's required by Florida law.
The two day course is hands on for drivers and teaches them the skills they need to stay safe.
First drivers need to wear all the right gear. Long sleeve shirts, gloves, protective eye gear, and of course a helmet.
However Florida law does not make it mandatory for drivers to wear protective head gear.
So many motorcyclists don't wear one.
"I think a lot of people choose that because they think that's their way of expressing their freedom."
Both motorcyclists and drivers need to stay vigilant on the road.
Kenneth Grant, "We need to be able to see around things in traffic, don't hide in traffic. The other thing we want to do is be visible to other motorists, wear bright clothing, put more lights on your bikes and things like that."
Mitch McCormick owns body shop Kandy Kustoms.
He says now that the weather is nice, at least two bikes a week get dropped off for repairs.
"A lot of times the destruction to a bike is a little bit too great to actually repair the bike."
A motorcyclist himself he's had a few close calls.
But both he and Grant agree there is no better feeling then cruising on a bike.
"We ride motorcycles because it gives us the freedom that we as Americans enjoy. Motorcycling is the closest thing to flying that you'll do without leaving the ground."
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