Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 27, 2014

Our Opinion: Please take heed, watch for motorcyclists

AMERICUS — In the wake of a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday evening in Americus, we think it’s appropriate to remind drivers to pay close attention when driving and to watch for motorcyclists. They may not always be highly visible, especially at night, so please be extra careful.

Members of ABATE of Georgia were stationed near the accident scene Monday afternoon, holding signs reading “Share the Road.”

ABATE (American Bikers Active Toward Education) is made of motorcyclists from all areas of the state, from all walks of life, and who ride all makes of bikes. ABATE is not a club, but a politically active organization working on motorcyclists’ rights. It is affiliated with other national rights groups such as  the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM).

The main focus of ABATE is to keep motorcycle legislation in its proper perspective. ABATE's goal is to keep lawmakers informed of their members’ collective position on motorcycle-related legislation.

Rider education and public awareness of motorcyclists are also goals of ABATE. They encourage all riders to ride safely.

It only takes a second of misjudgment to bring on a tragedy. Pay attention and please, share the road, with motorcyclists.

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