Lubbock Police holds annual Citizens Motor Academy

Lubbock Police holds annual Citizens Motor Academy

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Motorcycle riders across Lubbock received a unique experience Saturday. 

They got extensive, hands-on training from Lubbock police officers at their annual Citizens Motor Academy, free of charge.

Officer Brooks Jennings said this is an investment towards the safety of Lubbock's streets. 

"The overall idea is just to help these everyday motorcyclists be safe on the street. We're teaching them a few skills of what we do to a degree, but again mainly safety is the key," Jennings said.

Chief Greg Stevens said events like this help break down the barrier between citizens and officers. 

"They do a lot of enforcement. People see that day in and day out, but this is the education side of that dichotomy that we're trying to do to make the roads safer and the streets safer," Stevens said.

About 400 motorcyclists died on Texas roads last year, according to TxDOT. 

Chief Stevens said the statistics speak loud and clear, and that this academy is designed to be a part of the solution. 

"Education is as important, if not important than enforcement when it comes to keeping not just drivers, but motorcyclists safe," Stevens said.

Abel Castro said he has been on a motorcycle for his entire life, but this training will change the way he rides. 

"Learning from the best, of course, is going to help me become a better rider and safer driver as well, so that's what I'm looking forward to. I'm just trying to pick up some techniques that will help me become a better motorcycle rider," Castro said. 

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