As summer approaches, riders advocate for motorcycle safety
Riders say cellphones are the biggest distraction on the roads and cause drivers not to see other motorcyclists.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Summer can be a dangerous time on the roads for drivers, especially motorcyclists.
“We've already had some fatalities this year from inattentive driving,” said rider Whitne McFadden, who most people know as Harley DaVille.
McFadden is an advocate for rider safety. She started the Facebook group "Can You See us Now?" and “Louisville Motorcycle Safety Awareness.”
“It’s just a matter of being aware,” McFadden said, adding that goes for both people in cars and other riders because there are many things to cause distractions.
“Cellphones ... biggest, biggest distraction there possibly could be,” she said.
McFadden has been riding for 15 years, and has personally lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash.
“He took that corner too fast and hit some loose gravel, and he went down and a car was coming the other way and there was no way to avoid that,” McFadden said.
She said he was in the hospital for two weeks before he died.
“He lost his life to what we love,” McFadden said.
And she too has had several close calls.
“It's more or less the cars that speed. They come up real close. They ride up along the backside and have no regard for what their distance is for passing or going around,” McFadden said.
By raising awareness and asking everyone to be focused on the roads -- the hope is that it will keep everyone safe.
“We just want to enjoy the roads and have them be safe and just asking that when we're on our bikes and not in our cars, that everyone else help watch for us,” McFadden said. “We all want to come home at the end of the day.”
If you'd like to be part of the Facebook group advocating for motorcycle safety and awareness, click here.
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