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YPD Promoting Motorcycle Safety

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YAKIMA--Yakima Police are working to promote motorcycle safety after a series of car-versus-bike collisions in recent weeks.

YPD Sgt. Gary Jones said motorcycle sales and the number of crashes are up statewide, but licensing isn't increasing at the same rate, so officers are hitting the streets to educate riders.

They want bikers to learn to ride safely before they get into an accident.

"Without just a little bit of training or any training they may not react appropriately and could send their bike into a crash that otherwise may be avoidable," Jones said.

Jones said YPD will crack down on traffic violations by bike riders.  They're focusing on speeding, DUI and properly signaling to turn.

He encourages all bikers to get their endorsement permits.  It's a $124 fine if you're caught riding without one, plus your bike may be impounded.