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Fla. motorcycle duputy in stable condition after collision

Editor's Note — "The training given for motorcycles and cars are very similar but the method of looking down the road and through curves/turns is an absolute must when on a motorcycle," said Captain Travis Yates, Team Leader with the Tulsa Police Precision Driver Training Unit. "Drivers must prepare for the unexpected and the only way to do that is to look well ahead down the road.

"While I have long advocated annual driver training for vehicles, the issue of police motorcycles raises the level of training that has to occur. A monthly training day for every officer that rides a motorcycle conducting enforcement action is absoultely the minimum amount that is needed.

"A motorcycle is harder to see by other drivers and the fact that officers are not enclosed and not belted in leaves no room for error. Unfortunately collisions involving police motorcycles are likely to produce serious injury or death. Training is essential to ensure that our officers are given the safest environment as possible while working as motor officers."

Walter Pacheco
Sentinel Staff Writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orange County deputy was listed in stable condition Thursday after his motorcycle slammed into the back of an air-conditioning repair van during the morning commute on State Road 408 downtown.

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