A.B.A.T.E of Erie Urges Motorists to "Look Twice, Save a Life" - WICU12 HD WSEE Erie, PA News, Sports, Weather, Events

A.B.A.T.E of Erie Urges Motorists to "Look Twice, Save a Life"

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As motorcycle riders dust off their bikes and begin hitting the open road this spring, the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (A.B.A.T.E.) are hoping to spread a message of safety.

"I just hope it's not going to be like last year, and just have a big battered season of injured people." said Vince Rizzone of A.B.A.T.E. of Erie County.

According to the Erie County Coroner, in 2013, a total of 11 people lost their lives in motorcycle related accidents.

"For four years now, I've been going to hospital visits and funeral rides," said Rizzone.  "We've been doing all kinds of stuff, seeing those that are injured, and last year was really bad."

So far, there's been one motorcycle accident fatality this year.  On Sunday, 45-year-old Michael Machalinski, Jr., died following a motorcycle crash in Conneautville.  On Wednesday evening, dozens of bikers rode to his service at the Garr Funeral.

"One is too many," said Steve Weston of A.B.A.T.E. of Erie.  "I dread the weekends in our organization, because we know Monday and Tuesday, we're going to be going to UPMC Hamot or possibly a funeral."

As the season begins, many bikers have concerns.

"The potholes and people not really paying attention to where we are," said motorcyclist Mark Overmoyer.  "It goes both ways though.  We have to pay attention where cars are."

Members of A.B.A.T.E. are urging the community to be alert as you travel this spring.

"Just watch out for us, we're on the road," said Rizzone.  "When you see one of us, we're someone's brother, father, or son.  We're not just some dirt ball.  We've got a family at home, and we'd like to get home safe."


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