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The first ever East Kentucky Motorcycle Safety Training Day is set for Saturday, May 31, on the campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Pikeville. The seminars will be held rain or shine.

“All events and classes are free and open to all bikers, friends and family members of bikers, and folks who are just interested in motorcycle safety,” said Terry Tackett, Highway Safety Coordinator at Highway District 12 and one of the event organizers.

Conceived by Jimmy Kinney, Chairman of Hillbilly Christmas in July, Inc. and a biker himself, the event is a partnership effort among several agencies, organizations, and biker groups from Eastern Kentucky, Central Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia.

Organizers also include the Kentucky Motorcycle Program at Eastern Kentucky University, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, the Pike County Highway Safety Team, Highway District 12 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Pike County Health Department, and East Kentucky Broadcasting.

Events begin at 10 a.m. and feature free 20-minute seminar-type classes from 10 a.m. – 12 noon and from 1-3 p.m. Topics include Basic Motorcycle Safety, Group Riding Safety, Intersection Safety, The Seasoned Rider, Tire Safety and Maintenance, and How to Get the Best Insurance Rate Possible.

Each participant will receive a ticket for each class attended. At the end of the day all ticket-holders will be eligible for door prizes. If you attend three classes, you will get three tickets, which means you could win up to three door prizes.

There is no pre-registration required. Everyone who wants to participate or attend any or all seminars should come at 10 o’clock Saturday morning, May 31, to the Pikeville campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

“This is the first time we’ve tried this,” Jimmy Kinney said. “We are hoping for a large turnout for the seminars. We do know that motorcycle safety training is important and that there are thousands of bikers in our region. We hope they will all come out and take advantage of this event. If it’s successful, we will immediately start planning something bigger and better for next year.”

For more information about the seminars, call Jimmy Kinney at 606-226-0726, Tim Cody at 606-233-0080, or visit the Facebook page East Kentucky Motorcycle Safety.

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