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CPD shares safety tips for Motorcycle Awareness Month

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, and the Columbus Police Department wants cyclists and drivers to share the road safely. 

In Georgia, riders are required to wear a helmet at all times. Columbus police also advise you take a safety course after purchasing a motorcycle. 

The course is offered in Columbus at the Department of Driver Services, located at 8397 Macon Road. It costs $250 if you are a Georgia resident, and if you are out of state it will cost $300.

Police say motorcycle riders should always be aware of their surroundings.

"Keep your head on a swivel. Constantly be looking around and scanning, there could children, anybody," advised Sergeant Bill Gasaway with the CPD Motor Squad. "A motorcycle is smaller than a car and is not easily visible to some people." 

Sgt. Gasaway says Columbus has about three to four fatal motorcycle accidents a year.

He says automobile drivers should also keep a close lookout for motorcycles on the road.

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