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Police stress motorcycle safety as warmer weather arrives

While "Motorcycle Awareness Month" doesn't technically start until next month, the Toledo Police Department held a safe driving demonstration to kickstart the effort. (WNWO)

While "Motorcycle Awareness Month" doesn't technically start until next month, the Toledo Police Department held a safe driving demonstration to kickstart the effort.

Members of the TPD Motorcycle Unit held a demonstration at Owens Community College Wednesday in an effort to cut down on the 38,000 crashes that happened in the State of Ohio last year. Officials taught motorcyclists the principles of safe driving.

While those riding motorcycles have much to worry about, officers stressed drivers on four or more wheels need to be alert as well.

"When we are in a car, we can actually see the motor vehicle, and when you're looking at the size of the road compared to the size of a motorcycle, we kind of see that the motorcycles disappear," said Traffic Safety Program Director Jamie Blazavich.

There were four fatal motorcycle crashes last year in Lucas County, down from 10 in 2014.

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