ABATE of Iowa holding Two Wheel Trauma program

Published: Mar. 24, 2017 at 9:14 AM CDT
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Spring weather typically means more runners, bicyclists and motorcyclists out and about.

ABATE is a neutral non-profit working to make sure motorcyclists are seen and heart. The organization is constantly working to remind drivers and riders to be careful as they begin to, once again, share the road.

In seamless coordination with the warm-up, ABATE of Iowa is also holding their annual Two Wheel Trauma program at Genesis Saturday, March 25.

"Well it's so important for the survival of a motorcyclists that's in an accident, that's the whole idea," said Assistant State Coordinator for ABATE of Iowa, Jeff Hoker.

The course is designed to teach motorcyclists, EMT's and residents who don't consistently ride how to respond if they approach a motorcycle accident.

"You know, give us the best chance at surviving anything that might happen," said Hoker. "You don't know when it's going to happen."

The one-day course teaches those that attend skills, like crowd management and how to identify environmental hazards.

Hoker said he's had people take the course and use the information and skills out on the road.

"Though we are in the city here now, we are in a rural area," said Horker. "Everybody that rides, or most people that ride, go out in the country. So you may be ten, 15, 20 or 30 minute response time. So, its very important for everybody to see this to know what to do in those first few minutes."

EMT's, chiropractor and nurses who attend will get a certificate with a specific amount of credit hours.

Those that attend can donate to ABATE, but the program is free. Registration is recommended, but not necessary.

The course will be held at Genesis East on Saturday March 25 and will run from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information, head to ABATE of Iowa District 15 Facebook page (

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