The Oklahoma Highway Patrol hosted a training crash simulation Tuesday in the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot in Norman. During the training, two cars and a motorcycle were crashed, allowing student troopers to investigate a real collision.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol hosted a training crash simulation Tuesday in the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot in Norman. During the training, two cars and a motorcycle were crashed, allowing student troopers to investigate a real collision.

“(The purpose) is to help the police officers better calculate a speed and ultimately determine the cause of why motorcycles crash, and what’s killing them — the survivability,” said Ronnie Hampton, a captain with the OHP Homicide Unit.

According to the OHP, there were 88 motorcycle fatalities in Oklahoma in 2016.

The OHP is currently running a public awareness campaign to show the difference between driving a vehicle versus a bike.

“The important thing is to be trained and to be aware.” Hampton said. “Wear the helmet, but also always be observant of passenger vehicles because a lot of times they may not be able to see the motorcycle, especially on crowded city street roadways where other traffic may be blocking view of that motorcycle.”

This training is offered several times a year around the state by the OHP and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office as a part of a traffic crash reconstruction class.

The Oklahoma National Guard also was part of Tuesday's training event.

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