As summer approaches you’ll probably start to notice more motorcycles on the road, especially over the next few days.
Bikers are heading down to Thunder Beach in Panama City. Thursday, they were sent off with a message. Safety officials from three states are encouraging them to ride sober.
“The freedom. There is so much freedom with this. When I ride, I smell everything or good or bad,” said Lisa Jenkins of Blakely, Georgia.
But that freedom comes at a cost for many bikers. Most have lost at least one friend to motorcycle accidents. Oftentimes, alcohol is involved.
“It’s not very bright to drink and get on a bike. That’s all there is to it. It’s not very bright to do that. If you do, more than likely, it may not be a bad accident, you’re going to drop your bike sooner or later. It’s just a matter of time when that happens,” said Bob Johnson of Alford, Florida.
Officials from Florida, Georgia and Alabama spoke at Thursday’s "None for the Road" campaign. It's an effort aimed at keeping motorcycle riders safe on the road and urging them not to drink and ride
Florida safety officials say after consuming one beer, riders are five times more likely to crash, and 80 percent of motorcycle crashes end in a fatality.
“There’s no such thing as a minor motorcycle accident. Somebody is going to be hurt anytime you lay down a motorcycle or strike another object,” said Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.
It’s not just the bikers who need to be careful on the road.
“People don’t see us. They’re not paying attention. I’ve had people pull out in front of me with lights on and everything. They’ve should’ve seen us. You expect them to see ya. But of course you learn real quick don’t expect that,” said Johnson.
Experts say look twice. it can be harder to see a motorcycle coming.
Many accidents happen when drivers just take a quick glance and overlook the biker.
The number of motorcycle fatalities in the three states has dropped in recent years.
Officials are hoping events like these, help those numbers stay low.
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