Wichita police talk motorcycle unit safety

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Just hours before an accident involving a Wichita Police Department motorcycle officer, KSN was on a ride-along with the motorcycle unit, learning more about how they operate.

Officer Lee Froese is one of seven people on the unit. 

“Our main goal is safety,” he said. “That’s the main reason why we’re here.”

Sometimes that safety comes from how the officers maneuver their bikes.

“They teach us to scan,” said Froese. “You know, they’re scanning-try to scan several seconds ahead. During driver’s ed you’re taught two seconds.”

That’s exactly what Froese did Wednesday when scoping out Kellogg.

“We first started out and there were pretty high speeds, and I think some people are starting to slow down,” he said. “But there’s still some problems that need addressed.”

Once Froese was writing a ticket, it’s what the drivers around him did that was a big help. 

“Really, the most important thing is making sure that people get over,” he said. “State law has requirements if they see a parked emergency vehicle, drivers need to slow down or move over.”

That way everyone can be sure they’re making it to their loved ones safely and without a ticket. 

“Fewer traffic deaths and fewer traffic crashes, that would be one of my personal goals, and I know that’s the goal of the unit,” said Froese.
 

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