Military Deaths Prompt Focus on Motorcycle Safety

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DESTIN, Fla. (AP) -- Military officials in the Florida Panhandle are pushing motorcycle safety after the deaths of two active-duty service members earlier this month.

Senior Airman Ignacio Arostegui died in a Feb. 3 motorcycle crash in Destin, and five days later Staff Sgt. Andrew Koerner died when his motorcycle crashed into a pickup truck. Both crashes remain under investigation.

At least five active-duty service members have died in local motorcycle crashes since 2008, including Arostegui and Koerner.

Motorcycle riders must register with military safety officials, attend mandatory motorcycle safety training courses and wear protective and reflective gear, including a helmet.

According to military safety officials, more than 1,500 service members in the Panhandle are currently registered motorcyclists.

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