Michelle Taylor, organizer of Sunday's ride in the Hub City, said her goal is to make automobile drivers more aware of motorcyclists on the roadways. "We've been having a lot of motorcycle accidents in our community. This is just a day to bring awareness to the drivers out there to just be aware. Before you make a turn look twice," said Taylor.
According to Taylor, many accidents involving motorcyclists could be prevented if drivers were more mindful of bikers. "Just on a daily basis when we're out riding you see people texting, eating, and not paying attention to the road. I wanted us to get together just to go out and stand and let the community know that we're out there so look out for us," said Taylor.
Steven Mouton, who's participating in Operation Save A Biker, said this ride is especially important to him see since he was once injured in a motorcycle accident. " The driver wasn't paying attention. He was on his cell phone and hit me. I looked like a mummy for six months wrapped up. It's not a good feeling to get hit on a bike," said Mouton. Mouton said a bike is not as easy to see as a car and hopes more drivers will start to look twice each time they switch lanes on the roadways.
"When you're on that cell phone they're just looking for a car next to them, but it may be a bike not a car. We just want everyone to be aware. Look twice, save a life," said Mouton. Taylor said she hopes to plan another bike ride in Acadiana sometime next month.
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