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Toronto police launch motorcycle safety campaign

Toronto police are hosting a motorcycle safety session today to raise awareness about injuries and fatalities related to the start of the spring riding season. Mark McAllister / Global News

TORONTO – Toronto police are hosting a motorcycle safety session today to raise awareness about injuries and fatalities related to the start of the spring riding season.

Officers from traffic services have set up the event between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. at 9 Hanna Avenue.

Police say they will focus on motorcycle equipment safety, rider protection and training.

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“In the past few weeks, we had a number of motorcycle riders go down on the Don Valley Parkway and out in the west-end. They all suffered serious injury,” said Constable Clint Stibbe.

“What we’re trying to do is to bring back to the forefront things that riders need to be aware of and drivers too.”

READ MORE: Toronto’s deadliest intersections for motorcycles

According to police, there have been 62 motorcycle fatalities since 1995 with 15 of them being riders under the age of 25.

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The age group with the highest rate of fatality is the 25-39 year group, which makes up 36 of the 62 victims.

Also, all the victims were male with most of the fatalities occurring when the weather was dry.

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