Jacksonville Motorcycle Safety School pushes more people to take classes as motorcycle fatalities rise – Action News Jax

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Motorcycle fatalities are on the rise.

According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, motorcyclists are responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in the United States each year, with motorcycle fatalities from traffic accidents having increased over the past eight years.

At Jacksonville Motorcycle Safety Training, motorcycle students practice slow turns, stop at intersections, swerve to avoid an obstacle changing gears, and learn to share the road with other riders.

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“They need to see them on the road. They have to watch out for the motorcyclist, ”said Michael Dobbs, owner and president of Jacksonville Motorcycle Safety Training.

Many of these exercises help them avoid a dangerous accident.

In April, Action News Jax covered a fatal motorcycle accident which closed part of the Philips Freeway for hours on Southside Boulevard.

A 31-year-old man was killed in this accident.

In Duval County, there have been over 160 motorcycle accidents so far this year. 15 of them were fatal.

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In all of 2020, Duval County had 19 motorcycle-related fatalities, according to accident data from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Schools like Jacksonville Motorcycle Safety Training try to prevent tragedies like this from happening.

“There is a lot of increase in the number of accidents because a lot of people are self-taught, you know their uncle, their brother, someone taught them to ride, but now they come here and they leave. to learn the right way to make him a much safer rider, ”said Dobbs.

Jacksonville Motorcycle Safety Training teaches experienced riders and those who have never ridden a bike.

Currently, classes are booked for three weeks.

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