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Deputies: Bikers need safety checks, training
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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Two members of the Muskegon County Sheriff's Motor Unit say extra caution is needed by drivers of cars and motorcycles now that the weather is so nice.

There were three serious accidents involving motorcycles over the weekend.  One crash Saturday in Ottawa County turned deadly after the operator of a motorcycle ran into a car slowing for traffic.  Two other crashes in West Michigan sent motorcycle riders to hospitals with serious injuries.

Deputies Kendall Jeppesen and Todd Dunham suggest bikers complete a safety check list before interacting with traffic.  The check should include tire pressure, brakes, lights, and suspension pressure.

The two deputies check their bikes by doing slow tests in a parking lot before starting a shift.  The checks include braking and turning.

Police say new riders should enroll in a lengthy training class. Deputy Jeppesen says new operators should avoid the short one-hour class some business offer. Instead, he suggests a class that last multiple days and includes classroom and road practice.

Bikers are getting racking up miles much earlier than normal. Tom Touzel from North Muskegon says he has 700 miles already this year. Most of those miles are from short trips around Muskegon County to run errands.

Touzel says traveling on a motorcycle is his favorite mode of transportation -- especially with the current price of gas and a bike that gets more than 50 miles per gallon.

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