Riders Start Motorcycle Safety Month With Free Classes

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By Loreto Cruz III

CARBONDALE -- Motorcyclists are back to being a common sight on the road, and folks at SIU are taking steps to make sure they are safe while driving.

May is motorcycle safety month. SIU is offering safety courses all summer long. The program is fully funded by the Secretary of State's office and offers classes for both new and experienced riders.

The Illinois  Department of Transportation says motorcycles make up 3% of all vehicles on the road, but account for 15% of all fatalities.

SIU Safety Class Instructor Jenna Strickler says she thinks accident prevention on the part of the rider is the most effective means for safe riding.
 
"A lot of people think that they're good enough. To me, good enough is never good enough, you can always be better," she said.
 
Strickler went on to say how lucky she thinks Illinois residents are to have these courses available for free. She said if it wasn't paid for by the state, it would likely cost around $500 per rider.
 
There is a $20 deposit, but a rider can opt to have it refunded or donate it to the program.
 
Visit SIU's Motorcycle Rider Program webpage for more information.
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