Motorcycle safety awareness month: Share the road
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May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time to pause and think about just how many motorcycles are on the road with cars each day, particularly in Florida where pleasant weather lends itself to riding motorcycles more often than other, less hospitable areas of the country.

In 2010, the last year for which data is available, there were more than eight million registered motorcycles on America’s streets. The theme of this year’s National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is Share the Road.

“Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May – and during the rest of the year – drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely “share the road” with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.”

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Motorcycle riders: “Please look twice and save a life”
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(WRCB) – It has been a deadly holiday weekend on Tennessee roads with some of those accidents involving motorcycles. With May being National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, riders want everyone on the road to be alert.

The Dayton community and a motorcycle club in Rhea County are mourning the loss of a rider and his passenger after a deadly accident on U.S. 27. Their loved ones want to get the message out about motorcycle safety.

We also talked with another club about what they do to stay safe on the road.

“I lost a best friend and brother. And I lost my beautiful wife. And all I want to say everybody out there is, look twice, save a life,” says Lee Ely in an emotional plea.

Ely’s 38-year-old wife, Penny, was killed Saturday in Dayton, when a white Pontiac Grand Am pulled in front the motorcycle she was riding passenger on. The driver of the bike, 38-year-old Todd Tuckier, also died in the crash.

“In the last two and half years I’ve lost five friends on motorcycles,” says Scott Buffenberger.

Buffenberger, known as Lucky, is the National Vice President of the Defiant Crew Motorcycle Club. He says it hard to process the loss of his two friends. He says drivers need to be more aware on the road.

“I guarantee you, one in three cars, somebody’s either on the telephone or texting,” says Lucky.

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