Members of the police Traffic Enforcement Unit took to the tarmac at Windsor Airport Wednesday to get their motorcycle skills up to speed ahead of the riding season.

The annual training course also provided the force with an opportunity to remind riders about the importance of getting familiar with their machine again before kicking their warm weather biking plans into high gear.

"We have had already two very serious collisions involving motorcycles," explained Sgt. Steve Betteridge. "So we're reminding everyone whether they're a motorcyclists, or a pedestrian or in a car to be aware." 

On Tuesday a motorcyclist was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after running into a wild turkey and truck on Highway 3. Earlier this month a man and woman from Lakeshore were also sent to hospital in serious condition following a collision.

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Windsor police officers on Woodlawn Avenue investigate a motorcycle collision on March 23, 2017. The collision occurred about 11 p.m. the night before. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

In Windsor a motorcycle rider was seriously hurt after crashing into a parked car and 17-year-old Garrett Fabel was hit and killed while on his motorbike.

As officers wove their way through orange pylons behind him, Betteridge explained motorcycles are important for the force because they can get places other vehicles can't, but that difficult driving requires refreshing every year — even for officers who have been riding for a decade.

"There's no doubt operating a motorcycle is more difficult than operating a car," he said. "It's a whole different world in terms of operating a vehicle."