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Benton County First Motorcycle Deputy Hits the Roads

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KENNEWICK, WA-- The Benton County Sheriff's Office recently added their first motorcycle to their fleet of patrol vehicles.

Sheriff's deputies say the new motorcycle will allow them to get around easier in tight situations.

The Department of Energy gave the bike to the county. 

The motorcycle will primarily patrol the areas surrounding the Hanford site from North Richland through the Hanford reservation and up to the security barricades.

The motorcycle deputy will also enforce school speed zones and make neighborhood traffic stops. 

Deputies say the bike allows them to more efficiently move through county areas.

"County environment is unique to where the roads are a little tighter, a little skinnier and a vehicle that can make tight, close maneuvers to turn around on a speeding vehicle, for example, is a necessary things. Especially up at Hanford where the traffic gets very tight," said Brian Tungesvik, Benton County motorcycle deputy.

Tungesvik went through a training course with Kennewick police which is the only other local law enforcement agency with a motorcycle fleet.

He also says you can plan to see the bike at events like Water Follies and local parades.