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Saturday, September 24, 2011
The Missouri Highway Patrol earlier added a quick-stop maneuvre to the testing of those seeking a motorcycle license. Most recently obstacle swerve and turn skill testing was added. The Patrol explains the changes make operation of motorcycles safer because operators must show they can maintain control in unforseen circumstances. (Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)

Missouri changes testing standards for motorcyclists

SIKESTON -- New requirements in the skills test for a motorcycle operators license are a turn for the better.

Changes made to both the written and skills tests for motorcycle drivers by the Missouri State Highway Patrol became effective Sept. 1, Col. Ron Replogle, Patrol superintendent, advised in a press release.

"The Patrol is wanting to make sure we are including the skills a rider actually needs to operate a motorcycle properly," said Tammy Harris, chief driver examiner for the Patrol's Troop E.

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