Ride for rights

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The month of May is for motorcycle awareness and with the weather improving everyday biker associations are holding events to highlight the issue. A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) is riding to the capitol today to meet with the state government about rider’s rights. They believe they have been overlooked at times but events like this is what they call “doing the action”. 

“In the past years we have made a lot of people more aware of us,” said Bruce Moore, ABATE Freedom Valley Chapter President. “But we’ve got to keep up the fight, you cant let your guard down. They will try to pass a law that necessarily wont affect them but it affects us riders so we have to keep them informed of our situation.”

ABATE is hoping this year’s ride will help bring a change to riders future. However, as they noted, there were less people participating this year than in the past. The Presidents said in order for this ride to continue meaning something, they will have to get support from a new group. 

“We need participation from not only just the older crowd, but from the younger crowd as well,” said Chad Gillam, Spoon River Chapter President. “I don’t think they know how important it is for them to stand up and carry on the fight.”

Here are some safety tips for drivers of cars and trucks: 
– Be aware of what drivers around you are doing, always expect the unexpected
– Keep a 2 second cushion between you and the car in front of you 
– Do not use your phone or any electronic device while driving

And here are some tips for those who choose to drive motorcycles:
– Always wear eye protection and appropriate gear
– Follow traffic rules and ride defensively
– Be awake, never ride while tired

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